While my four-year old slurped her milk from the bowl this morning, I watched her in aw of how she has grown. I stood in wonder with a silly grin on my face while she was engaged in Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Sid the Science Kid. In my mind I thought “Wow, one day I won’t be able to just sit and watch her eat cereal in the morning.” Of course this thought was sad and depressing for a mother, but then it reeled me in a different direction. Toward scripture that gave me comfort and assurance.
“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth – he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything we do.” Psalm 33:13-15 NIV. HE SEES ALL, HE WATCHES ALL. Depending on where you stand and how you look at this, it can bring a few different feelings to you. If you are living a life consumed by sin, it could bring about fear, shame, guilt, or regret. However if you are living under the umbrella of grace provided by Christ Jesus, then this verse is comforting, assuring and comes as a welcomed reminder. As a mother it gave me great comfort to know that even when I can’t see or watch over my baby girl, her Daddy God is and will be watching her every step of the way.
But let’s look at this from a broader perspective. Most of our lives here on earth come with a few (and by few I mean a gagillion) not so pleasant trials that produce less than rosy emotional circumstance. Leaving us feeling lost, alone and sometimes invisible. Some days we don’t feel like we are seen by anyone, not even God. Some days we just want to scream at the sky, “Can You see me down here?”, because we are fed up. I have undoubtedly felt this way before. You know when you are just trying to figure things out and understand why God feels so far away. Your mind starts to have the blender effect, when your thoughts are swirling around and they just plain aren’t making sense anymore. So all you’re left with is irrationality. By the time we’ve made it to this point, usually we aren’t thinking too Biblically. But if we can remember that our Father can see us and is watching closely in these moments, it can be a game changer. Especially when we think about what that really means.
See: to perceive with the eye, discern visibly
Watch: to be alertly on the lookout, look attentively, or observe, as to see what comes, is done or happens.
This means that the Lord of all creation is using His eyes to SEE little ‘ol us. And not only that but He is literally alertly on the lookout on our behalf. “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.” Psalm 33:18-19. If we put our faith in the Lord, we are sure to be cared for and watched over, for the Father is true to His word. In every trial, His promises remain the same and His word is still trustworthy. We are not invisible. We are seen and delighted in by the Most High (Psalm 149:4). We are loved (John 3:16). We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). We are victorious (Psalm 44:7).
I know that this encouragement was meant for someone this morning. Maybe it was me, maybe it was you. Whatever the case may be, let us recall the truths of our Father when the waves of life are beating us down, and everyday.
Lord Jesus, today we thank You for Your eyes that see us. Thank You for watching over us with love and compassion. Forgive us father for allowing doubt and fear to creep and sell us lies. Help us Father to remember what you have said in Your word from day to day. Help us to know the truth without wavering. Increase our faith, strength and courage as we chose to take You at Your word. Thank you God for your loving hands that guide us back to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.