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THE APPLE OF HIS EYE

Psalm 17:8 “Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”

SPECIAL

Isn’t this a special verse?  You’ve heard it said, maybe even about you or your child, that someone is the apple of their father’s or mother’s eye.  You know what that means, right?  It means they are the center of their universe.  That child is all the world to them.  God says that about us.  We are the apple of His eye.

Don’t you feel special now?  Come on, don’t you?  Maybe you are having a bad day and are not feeling very special. Read this verse again.  It says, “Keep me…”  That implies that we already are.  If that is true, how can you feel bad.  God is focused on you today.

TEACHING MOMENT

Now, let me warn you about something. Don’t make your children “the apple of your eye.”  Now hear me out!  Don’t put all your attention on your children to the detriment of your relationship with the Lord.  Don’t substitute your devotion for your spouse for that of your child’s.

There is an order to things.  We love God first and family second.  And the order in the family must be your spouse first and then your children.  You don’t love your children less, but you love your spouse first.  After all, isn’t that how it all got started?

 So, today focus on the Lord.  He’s focusing on you.  You ARE the apple of His eye.  Pay special attention to your spouse today.  Make them feel like they are the apple of your eye.  And finally, give that child the extra hugs they need today. They will always receive that.

Father, I am amazed that You even look at me, much less call me the apple of Your eye.  I am not worthy, outside of Christ, for any such attention.  But I thank You for “seeing” me that way.

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