I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye.…
Human life is a most hazardous journey. It lies through difficult regions. Youth travels in "slippery places." Maturity is beset with snares. Age has its peculiar dangers. Our steps are dogged by enemies and surrounded with perils. This being so, the text is rich with encouragement and consolation. God guides us with the eye of —
I. DIVINE FOREKNOWLEDGE. The future is as plain to Him as the past to us, and He has ordained all in love.
II. CONSTANT WATCHFULNESS.
1. Direct. He never: loses sight of any one. No individual is missed in the crowd. No need, no trouble, and no sin can escape His eye.
2. Unceasing. He is never weary of looking down upon His people. Though He has seen frequent failure, the riches Of His long-suffering are not exhausted. Though He may have seen in us a sinful heart, an unwilling spirit, an unrestrained temper, a dissatisfied mind, a wandering path, a miserable service — a faithless discipleship, yet He watches over us still.
III. LOVING SYMPATHY. The master when he parts with a trusty apprentice does not forget him. He follows him with interest and affection all through his after life. His eye is upon him. The young man knows this, and it is one of the incentives to uprightness, and of his restraints from vice. In some sense the master guides him by his eye. In some feeble measure this represents our relation to our heavenly Father. He promises to guide us by His eye. We are to live, saying in our hearts, "Thou God seest me." We are to "endure as seeing Him who is invisible."
(F. W. Goadby, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.