The God Who Sees

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God becomes greater and we become less when we honor Him in public and in private, on center stage and back stage, in the deeds that are done by day and at night. God sees all.

She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” Genesis 16:13

Pregnant by her master and mistreated by his wife, Hagar fled to the desert. She ran from her mistress and misery, but couldn’t outrun God. There He met her and ministered to her. He named her coming son Ishmael which means God hears. And she named God, El Roi, which means the God who Watches Over Me (Genesis 16).

God watches. He sees. Nothing goes unnoticed. Even our inmost thoughts and inclinations are perceived from afar.

In our increasingly public world of social media and platforms, there’s a temptation to think that what matters most is what’s seen. We put our best face forward on the web, at the workplace, and in corporate worship–shining for His glory! Making His greatness known! But in private, when no one’s looking, where no one can see . . . who’s the greatest then?

There’s a saying, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” It’s the masks and mess that we want to keep at a distance where no one else can see and think poorly of us. We minimize our private idols. Like Rachel who sat on stolen household gods to hide them from her father, and Achan who took devoted things and hid them under his tent, we can deceive ourselves into thinking that certain sins are tolerable as long as its kept under wraps.

The people of Judah bought into a similar double-life lie. They would steal, murder, commit adultery and perjury, worship Baal and other gods, and then come into God’s house and say, “We are safe!” Through His prophet Jeremiah, God called them on their duplicity! He said, you stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe” – safe to do all these detestable things? But I have been watching declares the LORD (Jeremiah 7:10-11b). He is the God who sees.

God becomes greater and we become less when we honor Him in public and in private, on center stage and back stage, in the deeds that are done by day and at night.

God sees all. And thanks be to Jesus and the forgiveness that is ours through the cross, God sees us dressed in robes of righteousness! He doesn’t see who we were, He sees who we are: washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:11). Thanks to be to God!

HE>I: Who’s the greatest in your private life?

The man who is most concerned about his public appearance before men is never much concerned about his private attitude before God. -Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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