The Apple of His Eye

by APC on September 23, 2015

Today is the first day of autumn, and I must say I absolutely adore this time of year. It’s the start of crisp, cool mornings, not-too-hot afternoons, changing leaves, and the beginning of a new wardrobe. But, the real reason I love this time of year? FALL FESTIVALS! Craft shows, cook-offs, art galleries, and food are the highlights of this season!

We’re just a few days away (in good ole central Illinois), from the annual Clinton Apple & Pork Festival. And, the hottest item on the menu? Apples! Natives to the area have apples on their brain!

Whether you are an apple fanatic or not, an apple should be on your mind and be your heart’s desire:

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings (Psalm 17:8, KJV).

The Hebrew word for apple is ishon, which means pupil. The pupil is the area in the middle of our eye in which rays of light pass through to form an image on our retina. When a person looks at us, we can see our own reflection in their pupil—a miniature of ourselves.

In order to be a reflection in the eye of another person, the individual must be looking at us. What we look at typically has our attention either because the object or person is attractive, desirable, or something we wish to monitor and guard. If the latter, it is because the person or object has great value to us and it is worthy of our protection.

The Psalmist desired to be the apple of God’s eye—in other words, He wanted to be the focus of God’s gaze! He desperately wanted to be worthy enough to hold the eye of His creator. In the context of this Scripture, he needed protection from God and sought shelter from Him. There’s no better place than to be in the safety and shelter of God’s loving arms. We should all desire to be the apple of God’s eye. It’s just a question of how to get there.

In order to see ourselves as a reflection in another person’s eye, they must be looking at us. There is a requirement for being worthy enough to hold God’s attention. Scripture tells us, “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry” (Psalm 34:15, KJV). If we want God to look at us (so we can see our reflection), we need to meet the qualification of this Scripture: righteousness.

I noted earlier when we are the center of a person’s focus we will see our own reflection in their pupil (a miniature of ourselves). If we are going to be the apple of God’s eye, we need to look like Him before He looks at us. Our reflection better be right.

I Corinthians 11:1 states, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (KJV). We are to walk, talk, and look like Jesus. We are called to be like Him! This is all part of adhering to His call for righteousness; the element which makes us qualified to be in the direct line of sight for our Lord and Savior.

This fall, when we’re eyeing the best apple for consumption, let’s take a moment and think about how we look to God in order to be the apple of His eye. Do we have the right color, texture, softness—the all-around desirable qualities to hold His attention? Are we worthy of His protection? Lord, make us righteous and help us to be the apple of Your eye today!