Seeing and Understanding
Posted: Monday, February 12
Verse of the day:
“The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the earth. He made their hearts, so he understands everything they do.” (Psalms 33:13-15)
There are some today that believe that God is the creator of all things. However, after creation they believe that he has taken his hands off the world and only watched to see the drama that will unfold in his creation. They see him as a passive observer. Only in time of crisis, when men beg and plead may such a god respond and interacts in the lives of people. This concept is called Deism.
This is not the God I know; nor does it describe the God of the Bible. Today’s reading from Psalms tells us a few interesting things about God. Verse thirteen and fourteen both give us insight to the fact that God sees the whole human race. There is no part of the earth or creation that is uninteresting or overlooked by God. God sees all. He observes not just the big picture of the world’s activities but he is able to zoom in on each life and truly know them. It is as if he has both a global view and an individual view at the same time. He sees all.
He not only sees us, he knows us. The psalmist points out that not only does God take an interest into what is happening in our world but he knows the heart of every man, because he made us. He not only sees our actions but he understands our motives and reasoning. When we are worried or anxious, he knows. When we are full of joy and celebration, he knows. When we mourn with grief, he knows. God sees all and understands all.
Sometimes we feel as if no one sees us. We feel alone and that no one understands. However, the Bible reminds us today that we have a God in heaven that not only sees and understands but he is leaning in. I don’t see God reclining on a couch leisurely watching the world, passively. I see him leaning in. Seated on the edge of his seat with anticipation because he knows that his children are capable of great acts of love and kindness and he is leaning in to see. So today, feel the closeness of God as he leans into your life to see all. He sees and he understands.