The apple of your eye

The apple of your eye

They say that the pupil of our eye is so precious that nature itself has devised many safeguards to preserve the eye from damage. The light and all visual data enters through the pupil.

If there is any danger, quickly our eyelids shut to safeguard the eye from dust and dirt. It is also well lubricated and kept wet through the tear glands.

Now, God tells us that he looks after us as if we were the apple of his eye. He will protect us and guard us from all danger because we belong to him and have surrendered to him.
It is only the unthinking person, who cares for nothing and is not mindful of the Creator, that loses out on the real joys of life which is peace, calm and quiet assurance.

The unthinking one takes a fling at every passing thing thinking as if that were the thing that really matters but in fact it may be harmful and may even destroy him.

Yet, God will be merciful to him because it is he who made him. Could God wish evil for us?
It is impossible because God by his very nature is good. He cannot but choose the good.

It is the human being with his fallen nature and torn between good and evil sometimes chooses evil thinking that it is good for him, at least for the time being. He prefers the short-time solution.

Yet, God in his goodness still loves him and protects him if but he would allow him to do so.
There is also another image that you find in the Bible that suits what we are discussing and that is the eagle’s wings that hovers over its nest and the nestlings need not fear. No danger can lurk when the eagle is there. It is watchful and so is God over us if but we allow him!

The Psalmist often prays that God may keep him under his wings and protect him: “Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of thy wings” (Ps 17.8).

Poignant also is Jesus’ lamentation over people of Jerusalem that they would not allow Jesus to protect them like the hen that protects the chicks under its wings.
“How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings and you would not” (Mt 23.34).

This is because God respects our freedom and will not force us to be under his protection or guidance if we do not positively want it or reject it outright. But if we want it and accept him humbly, he would see to it that we are protected and guided at all times; no evil would harm us because we have chosen him and have put ourselves under his protection.

Psalm 36.7 says: “How precious is thy steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge in the shadow of thy wings.”