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“The Lord is in his holy temple;
the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
his eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man.” (Psalm 11:4)
My father had a saying. When we thought he was dozing in front of the TV in the den, we’d tiptoe in with the intent to change the channel to watch cartoons. Almost every time, he’d grumble, “Don’t change that channel. I was watching through my eyelids.” He must have been, because he knew we were in the room, hand posed on the channel changer.
The Psalm says God always sees. Even when it appears as if God’s eyes have closed to our needs, that He has turned His holy head away from us, faith tells us He is all seeing and all-knowing. He is there, even when it just doesn’t feel like He is.
That is the test. He is watching through His eyelids, waiting to see if we’ll do what we want to do, or stick with what He has determined is best. Are we viewing our situation through the eyes of human kind (the children of men), or through God’s eyes as His children?
There were times I tried to change the change the channel all by myself. On the old TV’s before cable and satellite, every time you changed the channel you had to adjust the rabbit ear antennas to get the right reception. Inevitably, when I’d try, it wouldn’t work. Everything still was out of focus and fuzzy. Dad would get up, wiggle them and magically the reception would clear.
When we pray, do we want to change channels? We don’t want to see things God’s way, but instead want to persuade Him to see them our way. We want relief from our problems now. We want healing in the next ten seconds. We want someone we’ve been praying earnestly for to feel the hand of God on their shoulder when we think they need it. Then God comes and says, “Hands off. I’m watching the situation. Be patient. Sit and watch through Me.”
Amy Grant recorded a song long ago about wanting to see things through her Father’s eyes. Often times I thought I wanted that as well, but I have to admit, being human, when I approached the throne in prayer, I really just wanted permission to change the channel. And all the while, God is there watching – through His eyelids.
Father in Heaven, on Your Holy Throne, help me to see through Your eyes instead of trying to make You see through my own, out of focus and fuzzy perception. Forgive me for the times I have tried to change the channel on my own instead of sitting in Your lap and watching with You. In Jesus’ name, thy will be done. Amen.
Question: Whose channel are you watching?