Sunday, July 25, 2010

Apple of God's Eye

You're the apple of my eye! You've heard it before. And if you have grown up in church I know you have been told that you are the apple of God's eye as well. But what does that really mean? We al know from the context of how the phrase has been used over and over again that it represents favor. But why?

If you were able to attend the last SHINE event, you already have some insight on this phrase. We were amazed the more and more we learned about this old phrase as it gave us a new meaning to God's love for us. Let me just share...

Moses talks to the people of Israel in Deuteronomy 32:10 as he tells them how God has cared for them. Then, in Psalm 17:8 David asks God to keep him as the "apple of the eye" and guard him. And in Proverbs 7:2 we are told to keep God's commandments as the apple of our own eyes.

So what exactly is the apple of the eye? The Greek word used for "apple" is actually the same word for pupil. So when God tells us to guard his commandments like the apple of our eye, that means as we would protect our pupil.

Let's look and see what is so important about the pupil and why we need to protect it. Look at these interesting facts and spiritual symbolisms for the pupil.
  • The pupil gets wider in the dark, but narrower in the light.
  • When we are walking in the light (of Jesus) our path becomes narrower, but when we are walking in darkness... the way is wide.

  • The larger the pupil, the more light can enter.
  • The "larger" we grow in Christ, the more His light is able to enter.

  • The pupil of the eye is the hole or the opening of the iris, through which the rays of light pass, and falling upon the retina, there depict every object in its natural color, as upon a piece of white paper.
  • The more we allow God's light to shine on our life, the more we are able to see things as they really are (in their natural color).

  • The pupil allows light to the retina where the image of the visual world is. The retina is like a film camera.
  • What is showing on the films of your life? How much of God's light are you letting in?

  • The pupil dilates in response to extreme emotional situations like fear and pain.
  • Isn't it easy to shrink in our faith/confidence in God when we are dealing with extreme emotional situations as well?

There are many other facts that we discovered and shared about the pupil, but the one most interesting fact was found after our event. It is so interesting and such an example of God's love for us, that I have to share it.

The original Hebrew for this idiom was 'iyshown 'ayin (אישון עין), and can be literally translated as "Little Man of the Eye." This is a reference to the tiny reflection of yourself that you can see in other people's pupils.

[You are the Apple of God's Eye:
You are the Little Man(or Woman) of His Eye]

When God Looks at You, He Sees the reflection of himself! That was His plan. That is what it means when you hear that you are the apple of His eye. Now here is the hard question... ARE YOU? Can He see His reflection on your life? Are you mirroring Jesus?

God loves us so much. We are the apples of His eye.. but He also wants us to hold His commands as the apple of our eyes as well. Let's think about the wonderful love God has for us and learn to have a love relationship with Him. He promises to love and protect us as the apple of His eye, and we must love right back by protecting His commands as the apple of ours.


  1. Christina,

    This is such and incredible and insightful message. It was a blessing to me!

  2. Glad to hear Sherry. It is amazing what God will show you when you look for it.

  3. I really LOVED this post. It spoke volumes to me. The message of being the apple of God's eye is so special. It is a treasure to me, and I pray it can be a treasure to others as well. I will pay this gift forward today.

    Way "To-Get-Her."


  4. Thanks so much Kim. You are such a blessing! I love how God has paths cross so strategically!

    Hugs back!