by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28
God has said, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye” (Psalm 32:8 NKJV). How does that guidance work?
I loved playing point guard on defense. In the years I played basketball, my job was to stop the forward momentum of the other team’s leader. I could anticipate which direction she would pass the ball by which way her face pointed—where her eyes were looking.
It’s the same with God. Although we can’t physically see Him, we can anticipate which way His face is pointed by what His Word says.
“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:12 NKJV
God loves righteousness—the right way of thinking, feeling, and acting. Jesus is our best example of what righteous living looks like. He faced every temptation and won (Hebrews 4:15). He faithfully carried out the Father’s will (Philippians 2:6-8). We can look to His example and teaching to know how God wants us to live, and how He wants us to walk in this life—what paths and pitfalls to avoid, and the paths He wants us to take.
To have God’s guidance in specific situations, we have to stay close to Him. We won’t know which way our Father is looking if we are off doing our own thing. Too many times when I have found a new project to tackle, I want to rush into it without asking God for guidance. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us (James 4:8), and as we purify our minds and hearts, we will be able to receive His direction better. We will know what He has for our lives and our ministries.
To follow God’s eye, we have to know what He loves and what He hates. He hates pride, lies, and taking innocent life (Proverbs 6:16-17). He hates disobedience, unforgiveness, and brutality (2 Timothy 3:2-3). He loves mercy, kindness, and humility (Colossians 3:12). He cherishes love, light, and wisdom (Ephesians 5:2, 8, 15).
Where is God’s eye pointing you this week? Remember that He cares about what you’re going through and how you are serving Him. He has a plan for victory, strengthening, and effectiveness. Let’s celebrate that our great God who is perfect in wisdom, love, and power is willing to direct us. Then let’s follow Him. I’m ready. Are you?
The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His lovingkindness. Psalm 33:18 NASB
About the author: Katy Kauffman is a Bible study author, an editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine, and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies. Her writing tends to focus on winning life’s spiritual battles, and she loves connecting with writers and creating compilations such as Breaking the Chains: Strategies for Overcoming Spiritual Bondage. Katy makes her home in a cozy suburb of Atlanta, Georgia.
Her latest book, Heart Renovation: A Construction Guide to Godly Character explores the questions: How does God make our character more like Christ’s? What is His part, and what is ours? This Bible study compilation is a construction guide to building godly character and overcoming the hidden problems that sabotage us. It explores how God works in our lives and gives us wisdom to handle real-life issues.
Join the conversation: Have you ever felt the relief or peace that comes with being certain of God’s will? How did you receive His direction and guidance?