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Saturday, May 16, 2015

A God of Seeing

"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good."
Proverbs 15:3
God sees all things. God can see all things because He is everywhere at the same time. Every thing that is done on this earth is seen by God. No one can escape from the gaze of the Lord. Every good deed done is seen by God. Every evil deed done is seen by God. Even if no one ever sees and knows your deeds, be assured, God sees them. God will punish the evil that is done and will reward the good that is done. How can sinners escape from a Judge that sees all their crimes? "If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord who could stand?" Psalm 130:3  There is no hope of escape from the God who sees all but ,thankfully, the next verse give us hope. "But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared." verse 4. God's omniscience is not just a warning and terror to sinners, but a comfort for his people who are washed in the blood of Jesus. God sees their good deeds done in love and for His glory. They may toil alone for the Lord, without the praise of people. They may suffer for Jesus' sake forgotten by this world. They may have unknown sorrows and pains. God sees. He knows. He cares. He is a comfort and will reward in His good time. This is what Hagar found when God met her in the wilderness. She said, "You are a God of seeing," for she said, "Truly here I have seen Him who looks after me." Genesis 16:13
"Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the LORD; how much more the hearts of the children of man!"
Proverbs 15:9
This proverbs continues the truth found in verse 3. But it goes beyond the external actions, to the internal motives and thoughts of the inner person. Sheol is the place of the dead. The word Abaddon means destruction. It refers to the torments of hell. The Lord's gaze on us doesn't end when we die. Those who have died and gone into Hell are still seen by God. Even death will not hide us from God. And if God can see the spirits of those who have died, then surely He can see the every thought and desire of the heart. We cannot fool God. He sees through our hypocrisy. He knows when we don't mean the prayers we offer up. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, and God knows and sees the depths of that wickedness. God also sees the broken heart which grieves over sin. God sees the heart that is sad because of its struggle to walk godly. God understands us better than we understand ourselves. This is be a great comfort to us who belong to Jesus Christ by faith. 
These two proverbs show how a knowledge of the Lord will bring wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." Knowing that God can see all things--even our hearts and that He is every where present can produce a holy fear and reverence in a sinner that can lead to his conversion. After we are converted we must continue to grow in our knowledge of the Holy One. As we do so, we will increase in wisdom.  Knowing we are under the eyes of the Holy God will keep us from sin and encourage us to do good. It will be a source of comfort and encouragement. We need to cry out for more faith so we can see the invisible God as we go about our day to day activities. If we should desire wisdom, then seek to know more of the attributes of God. Study them diligently. Study them frequently. When you come to know your God better, you will find that you will increase in wisdom.

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