Doesn’t the expression “you are the apple of my eye” bring to mind some sweet old lady fondly addressing her grandchild or a life-long beau? The idea that our almighty God would call us the apple of his eye is startling (and almost preposterous)!
The English expression “apple of my eye” comes in part from the notion that whatever is nearest and dearest to us is tracked by our gaze and is therefore constantly reflected on our pupil. This verse in Hebrew translates, “he who touches you touches the pupil of his eye,” which heightens this notion that God’s people are constantly in his sight.
What a thought—to be so closely and relentlessly seen by God that we are reflected in his pupil (our reflection a part of himself!)!
Do you fear that God has forgotten you? Do you fear that he has lost interest in you?
As it must have seemed to these beaten-down people of Jerusalem, perhaps it seems that the Lord has ignored you or waited too long; however, he tells us: “Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling” (Zech. 2:13). The Lord has not looked away, but has come right here to fight for us.
This passage foretells, “I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day” (Zech. 3:9)—a day that we have already seen. Yet because this date of God’s ultimate intervention is marked on a historical day (two thousand years ago), we are tempted to believe, especially in seasons of waiting, that perhaps we have been left alone or that we are insignificant enough to be momentarily forgotten. However, in his son Jesus Christ God boldly declares, “I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).
Through Jesus, God has united himself to his church. Therefore we, his saints, have become an inseparable part of him, “the apple of his eye.”