For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)
Recently a thoughtful reader of these devotionals kindly wrote to me and quoted our verse for today. As I reread the verse, several other portions came to mind that talk about God’s ability to see and how He searches for those who seek to follow in His way.
In Genesis 16:13 Hagar was suffering in the wilderness after fleeing from her mistress Sarah. Sarah had abused Hagar and so she fled into the wilderness. After the Lord came to her and made a promise to her concerning her descendants, she called the Lord “the God Who sees”.
When Moses was at the burning bush the Lord spoke to him and said in Exodus 3:7 (NIV) The Lord said,
“I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.
I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers,
and I am concerned about their suffering.”
Other passages may come to mind as we consider the fact that the Creator Who made us with eyes to see also sees. God’s eyes search the entire earth and He sees our inner most being. He understands if we seek Him or not. He knows who the people are who love Him and dedicate their lives to serving His will for them.
For those who fear the Lord, this reality of a God Who sees is very comforting. Somehow we are encouraged simply in the fact we do not go unnoticed by the Lord. Yet, there is more to this matter of God seeing us that also brings comfort to us in our times of trial.
These verses speak of how the Lord acts on behalf of those who love Him and strive to serve and honour Him in their daily experiences. No matter how insignificant we may sense that we are, God makes His people His very own treasure and pours out His loving assistance to us as we journey through life.
God has not only seen the distress of His people but He intervenes to help us in our times of need. May you find encouragement this day in knowing God sees you and is acting on your behalf. He is the God Who sees.