[SW306] 12/01/2017 message notes by
Pastor Susan J. Wynn ©2017
His Eyes Are On You!
Do you know that the eyes of the Lord are on you? Some will rejoice to be reminded of this truth, and others will recoil at it because they do not want the Lord to see their hearts. But He sees such hearts for a good purpose — to lead you to repentance!
Texts: 2Chronicles 16:9, etc.
The seer, Chanani, spoke this to King Asah —
2Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”
The first part, in the original Hebrew-to-English, with my emphasis, is —
For the eyes of Yahweh RUN to and fro in ALL the earth IN ORDER TO BE STRONG for those with their HEARTS PERFECT toward Him.
The eyes of the Lord run to and fro! They run, they are quick, they see everything, everywhere. He looks from the height of heaven, and His eyes continually move quickly.
In ALL the earth! His eyes scan everywhere, quickly!
Why do His eyes run back and forth? So He may show Himself strong! That is, in order for Him to fasten upon you; to strengthen you, cure you, help you, repair you, fortify you, and to be mighty toward you. Ah! And through this, He is glorified! Look! God is with that one!
To whom does He show Himself strong? Those with their hearts perfect toward Him. Perfect? Completely His, wholly His, fully His!
His eyes RUN back and forth in order to do this, even across the whole earth, if you are one whose heart is completely His! And He shows Himself to be strong, on your behalf! And He is glorified through it!
This is His promise, and it is His very nature to show His strength as He defends those whose hearts are perfect toward Him. Hallelujah!
And in the New Testament, the promise is repeated —
1John 5:18 We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him (guards by keeping His eye upon and watching over him), and the evil one does not touch him (he does not fasten upon and light him on fire).
He guards us by keeping His eyes upon us, He watches over us! Glory to God! His eyes are on you!
BUT . . .
Note that this promise is not for those who sin. That is the first part of 1John 5:18. And it is confirmed by Peter in 1Peter 3:12, as he quotes from Psalm 33:18 and 34:15 —
Psalms 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear (worship and revere) Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness . . .
Psalms 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
The righteous! Those who worship and revere Him!
He does not show His strength to the unrighteous, to those who do not worship and revere Him, or who are foolish (playing the fool), as the prophet said King Asah was, per the second half of 2Chronicles 16:9.
It is an abuse of the Word of God to take just part of a passage and use it to claim something God must do for you. He is God and you are not! It is especially foolish to make such a claim regardless of how you are living.We must look at the whole of the truth that the Holy Spirit is showing us!
Again, the promise in 1John 5:18, as with 2Chronicles 16:9, is for those whose hearts are perfect toward Him, the ones in whose hearts His love has been perfected, the ones who are filled with His perfect love.
These are not touched by the evil one, and are watched over by the Lord. These are the ones for whom the Lord shows His strength, the ones He fastens upon to strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify, and to be mighty toward!
What is it to have a perfect heart toward the Lord? What is it to be foolish? I will briefly review Asah’s reign as King of Judah. You will see and either rejoice, or if you see that you have played the fool, I sincerely pray you will repent.
In 2Chronicles 14:2, you see that King Asah did good and right in the sight of the Lord his God. How?
In Verse 3, he removed the foreign altars and high places (those of false gods) in Judah, tore down the pillars to false gods, and cut down the Asherim (wooden images to a female false god). He cleansed Jerusalem.
In Verse 4, He commanded the people to seek God and observe the law and the commandment.
In Verse 5, He also removed the high places and incense altars from all the cities of Judah, cleansing his whole kingdom.
Why did the people build these strongholds, these high things? Because they believed that they should trust in the world’s ways and the world’s wisdom, observing that the world (the pagan nations around them), who worshiped false idols — seemed to be successful and prosperous.
That is the same reason some of God’s people build high places today.
You see, even today, there are still those across the earth, who worship literal idols.
And there are those who worship themselves at high places in their hearts, where the Lord is not allowed nor will He come, until they ask Him to change their hearts and fill them with His Holy Spirit.
These are fortifications, strongholds they have built, personal opinions that conflict with God’s Word, high things, lofty things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God —
2Corinthians 10:4 . . . for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ . . .
In 2Chronicles 14, Verse 9, when Zerah and his million-man army from Ethiopia came against Judah, King Asah called to the Lord his God, per Verse 11. Here is what he prayed —
“Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.”
Oh, the Lord showed His strength on behalf of King Asah. Why? Because Asah was obedient to the Lord, cleansing the land of high things that the people of Judah had built. And when the enemy threatened, he called upon the Lord, and did not try to fight in his own strength.
In Verse 12, the Lord routed (struck) the Ethiopians before King Asah and before all of Judah, and the Ethiopians fled! Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee, beloved (James 4:7)!
In 2Chronicles 15, the Holy Spirit came upon Azaryahu, and he went out and stood before King Asah, saying —
“Listen to me, Asah, and all Judah and Benjamin: the Lord is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”
And he encouraged Asah there was reward for the work Asah was doing. Glory to God! The Lord was with Asah because Asah was with the Lord!
But the prophet also warned that if Asah forsook the Lord, then the Lord would forsake Asah. As much good as Asah had done, he was still required to remain true to the Lord. It was a warning from the Lord through the prophet, of what was to come.
The Lord warns the church today, the church that has forsaken Him and sought the world’s ways and means to be prosperous, and believers who have not only set up idolatry of self in their hearts, but make a great deal of money teaching others to do the same. His warning is His mercy to the church, if she will repent.
In 2Chronicles 15:8-9, we find that Asah was encouraged by the prophet’s words and restored the altar of the Lord. And many Jews defected from northern Israel, where King Jeroboam had made golden calves for the people to worship, and where he commanded that children should be offered as sacrifices to false gods. Why did they defect? They saw that the Lord, Asah’s God, was with him.
It is true today. People will defect from the false gods, including the god of self, that the world system worships and come to the one true God, when they see that the eyes of the Lord shows Himself strong on your behalf. They will glorify the Lord! PRAISE BREAK!
In 2 Chronicles 15:16, King Asah even removed his mother, Maacah, who had made an idol, from her position as queen mother. What? Aren’t we supposed to honor (glorify) our father and mother, that our days may be prolonged on the earth (Exodus 20:12)?
Asah did not allow his mother to be glorified by her position as queen mother because she was worshiping a false idol that was an abomination to the Lord, thereby putting all of Judah in jeopardy because of her disobedience to the Lord.
So King Asah did right in the eyes of the Lord, and the Lord showed Himself strong on Asah’s behalf.
But in the thirty-sixth year of King Asah’s reign, Baasha, who was king of northern Israel, came against Judah. And Asah was foolish.
Rather than cry out to the Lord, as he had in 2Chronicles 14:11, King Asah paid silver and gold to Ben-hadad, king of Aram (Syria), and made a treaty with him to conquer Baasha. Ben-hadad broke his treaty with Baasha and conquered northern Israel’s army. Sound OK? Not before the Lord!
The Arameans were a perennial thorn in Israel’s side from the days of King Solomon onward. The eventual fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylon was aided by the Arameans (2 Kings 24:2). Asah had made a treaty with an enemy of Israel! How foolish!
It is the same today. Many Christians make treaties with the world, hoping they may increase the numbers in their churches. They do not want to offend the world, but want to use the world’s ways to attract people to their churches and do not speak any truth of God’s Word that might make the world feel bad about itself. How foolish!
Jesus says those who are friends of the world do not belong to Him, but to the world (John 15:18, echoed in James 4:4). And so they have forsaken Jesus, and Jesus has forsaken them. They have become like the church at Laodicea —
Revelation 3:17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire (I advise you to ask me to purify your heart) so that you may become rich . . .”
After the treaty was made and the money was paid to Ben-Hadad, Chanani the prophet delivers the same message to King Asah —
2Chronicles 16:7 . . . “ Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand. 8 “Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. 9 “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”
In 2Chronicles 16:10-14, King Asah was enraged at this word from the prophet. He did not submit to the word of the Lord. He did not repent.
Instead, he rebelled and punished Chanani, and began to oppress the people of Judah. Even when he was stricken with a severe disease in his feet, he did not seek the Lord, but went directly to the physicians. He reigned forty-one years, and the people honored him with a great fire when he died of his illness.
The Word of God is living and active (Hebrews 4:12), and is here today to judge the thoughts and attitudes of your heart, so you may repent, if you have been foolish.
Hebrews 4:13 . . . there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Oh, beloved! If you now see that the Lord’s eyes are upon you, and that all is opened and laid bare to him, do not be enraged by these words from the Lord, like King Asah!
Submit to them and repent, and ask Him to make your heart perfect toward Him so that you will be right in God’s eyes, and He will hear your cry, and His eyes will run to and fro across the whole earth, to show His strength on your behalf, and Jesus Christ will guard you with his eyes so Satan cannot fasten himself to you!