The Guiding Eye
Psalm 32:8-9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go: I will guide you with my eye.…

I. THIS ASSURANCE OF DIVINE COUNSEL AND GUIDANCE RESTS ON THE CONVICTION OF GOD'S NEARNESS TO US. So near is He that He can guide us with His eye. This truth is constantly asserted, but it is impossible for us to conceive how the eye of God is upon each individual amongst the millions of mankind. The conception is too great and high for us, for in and all around us are of but limited powers. Science comes to aid our faith here. The microscope shows us the myriad animalculae in each drop of water, but all perfect. To God, therefore, nothing is small. He is absolutely unlimited in faculty. And when we add on the idea that the nature of God is love, then we are led to think of each one being reflected in Him, not as on an impassive and unfeeling mirror, but as on the heart of God, who is love Say not, it is too good to be true. You need never be afraid of your conceptions of God outreaching the reality. They are more likely to fall short. And the thought of God's omniscience is not terrible to us except when we sin. And when we sin, the knowledge of the love we have grieved is the mightiest power to reclaim and restore us. For no earthly sorrow equals in intensity the sorrow of God over our sin.

II. THIS DIVINE KNOWLEDGE LEADS TO COUNSEL, TO GUIDANCE OF OUR LIFE. Where love is knowledge cannot be passive: it must serve its object. And so the parents' love and knowledge finds expression in the training of the home, or in the letters of loving counsel sent to the child. And it is so with God.

(W. G. Horder.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

WEB: I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you shall go. I will counsel you with my eye on you.

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