Seeing & Being Seen by God

I would like to give you somewhat of a devotional today with two thoughts. First of all, how does God see you? On the negative side Hebrews 4:13 says: “There is no creature hidden from His sight but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”

This means that God sees us when we are looking at porn, lying, filled with pride or speak unkind words to our spouse and/or children. God sees us when we are most vulnerable.

On the positive side as a believer, God loves you. Ephesians 1:4 says: “…He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him.”

We are also God’s special treasure. Genesis 19:5 says: “Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine.” In one sense everyone belongs to God because we are all made in His image. But in His heart God always reserves a special place for His own precious people. While we cannot deny His universal benevolence, it is not to be compared to the unique love that He has for His own people only.

“Whatever our struggles, we are God’s treasure, for we have been drawn close to God through faith in Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter took the words of Moses and applied them directly to the church of Jesus Christ: ‘You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.’ (I Peter 2:9). Every Christian is precious to God, loved with a unique and everlasting love. Do we deserve this? No, but God values us as equivalent with the infinitely precious blood of His very own Son. By the grace of His everlasting covenant, He loves us more deeply than we would ever dare to hope or imagine. We are His ‘treasured possessions’.” (Preaching the Word Series – Exodus by Philip Ryken)

How do we see God? First of all in Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” We should know that God loves us enough to give us rest in the midst of daily stressful living.

In John 14:16-18 we see that first of all Jesus said He would send us another Helper. In the Greek the word means one called alongside to help us so God’s Holy Spirit we know can convict us, comfort us, guide us and give wisdom to us. In Verse 18 of the same passage, Jesus said that He would not leave us orphans being that we are adopted as children into His family. We also know that Jesus is our shepherd. We read this in John 10 but can also identify with David in Psalm 23 that God is with us at all times and in all circumstances.

From Malachi 3:6 we know that God never changes. Though friendships may come and go,  our children grow up and leave home, circumstances may change but our comfort is knowing that God and His word never do.

From 2 Timothy 2:13 we know that if we are faithless to God which unfortunately we are, God is always faithful to us. He hears our prayers, answers our prayers and blesses us “exceedingly, abundantly above all that we could ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

According to Hebrews 4: 15, 16, our Lord Jesus sympathizes with us in our weaknesses. Tempted in all ways as we are yet without sin. So as the author of Hebrews says and what we should know is that we can come before God’s throne of grace anytime and obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need and how often do we have need!

And finally we should know that our Lord Jesus is as we read in Proverbs 18:24 a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is our confidant, our faithful friend, our Lord and our Savior.