“She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[a] the One who sees me” (Genesis 16:13.)

Faith is the least self-regarding of the virtues. It is by its very nature scarcely conscious of its own existence. Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves—blessed riddance. The man who has struggles to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One. While he looks at Christ, the very things he has so long been trying to do will be getting done within him. It will be God working in him to will and to do… when we lift our eyes to gaze upon God we are sure to meet friendly eyes gazing back at us, for it is written, that the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout all the earth. The sweet language of experience is “Thou God see me” (Genesis 16:13). When the eyes of the soul looking out to meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on this earth. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Stop tinkering and realize your total inability to change. Look to God to change you and give you the victory as you focus on His friendly eyes looking lovingly toward you.

Adapted from “Tozier on Christian Leadership”