Words from the Heart for Wednesday September 13th, 2017
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Proverbs 7:2 (NIV)
The Apple of Your Eye
We are greatly loved by our God! He desires to lead us. His truth actually guards us from great loss. Just like we protect our sight from any life-long damage and blindness, we can protect our lives by following the ways of the Lord. Agree with God in prayer today for someone you know who is making very wrong choices. When they turn around and choose the Lord, they will be glad you prayed!
Four out of five North American apple varieties are on the brink of vanishing. In the early days of Canada and the USA, when transportation was challenging, local apple producers would produce their own variety, many of which were unknown beyond a few miles from the farmer who had developed that variety. It is estimated that there are over 15,000 apple kinds. It was only in the latter half of the 20th century that many of these varieties fell into disuse.
People use the term “apple of my eye” without really understanding what it means. If you happen to be close to someone right now that you know well, get their attention and ask them to stare into your eyes – you have to get pretty close to do this. As you do, each of you will see your own reflection in the centre of their eyeball. That is the apple of their eye. In order to be the apple of someone’s eye, you have to be close enough to them to see yourself reflected in their eyes. Which makes Proverbs 7:2 particularly meaningful: “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.” The only way to be able to keep God’s commandments is to draw close enough to Him that we see ourselves reflected in Him. God’s teachings of an intimate relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ call for this. When we draw close enough to Him to see ourselves reflected in Him we are empowered to keep His commandments and His teachings become a part of who we are and how we live – for His glory.
These have been words from the heart.