The God Who Sees
By Valerie Murphy
God is the unseen guest at every meal; the silent listener to every conversation.
Does this describe El-Roi, the God who sees? (Gen. 16:13-14; Psalm 34;15; 139)
The truth is that through Christ, through the cross God has removed all of our transgressions, sins, mistakes, “whoopsies”, and boo boos from His vision; so much so, that they are placed as far as the east is from the west.
In Genesis 16 Hagar is in trying circumstances. She is pregnant and has run away from her mistress Sarai. God saw her in the desert and sent Himself in the form of an angel to validate this seeing of Hagar and her circumstances. He asked her vision of where she had come from and where she was going. He redefined her circumstances, the direction she was to go and how she was to view her future and that of her son, Ishmael who was yet to be born.
Lately, as I look at my own trials, I turn to God as I willingly and often eagerly remind myself that I am to fix my eyes on Jesus no matter how high the wind and the waves appear. His request to me is to gaze and look into His eyes. When I do this I envision the cross displayed across the pupils and irises of His eyes. I then see them joined together in one cross. I believe it is His humorous way of guiding me in being “cross-eyed” focused on living life in the freedom that Christ has wrought on that cross.
So many times I have my way of thinking about things, my way of viewing the world that is based on my “good-enough world” understanding. God calls me to look beyond my circumstances and fix my eyes on Him and His kingdom vision for me, knowing that I am currently contemplating the wonder of Him while focused on His kingdom mission for me here.
The fallen way of seeing things originated in the Fall of mankind described in Genesis as Adam and Eve ate from the tree of good and evil. Eating from that tree was the choice they made to remove God from their vision and replace His vision for their lives with their vision of what would be good for them and what wouldn’t. This is something that as human beings we do all the time.
How many times do we determine what is good for us and what is good for our brother? How often do we judge ourselves or judge our brother. How often do we rely on our government, our current culture, our favorite American idol or hero to determine what is good for us? What about reliance on the internet, news media, Wikipedia, health websites, rumor mills, forums, blogs, Facebook or twitter to move us in response to the good and evil that is determined there?
Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the Author and Perfector. He is the One who determines good and evil. He is the One who sees.
Let us also be willing to be seen by God. Paul writes about Knowing God also means being known by God. Isn’t being known one of the deepest desires of our hearts? We can stand with confidence before the Lord through the redemption of our transgressions and those of our brothers in Christ we know that we are seen through the eyes of the Cross.
Let’s move into silent prayer asking Him and allowing ourselves to be seen by the Lord and to see ourselves and others through His eyes: “Lord, help us to let go of the desire to determine what is good for ourselves and others in our lives. Release us from the drive to stop or control what we determine is evil by our attempts to contain, run from or hide the fallen tendencies of self and others.”
“Instead, Lord, help us to line up with the cross and receive your vision of ourselves and your vision of others. We pray, Lord, that You will help us to live this out in the freedom that Christ bought for all of us, even when it means acting in tough love. Let our motivation be united with Your heart, dear Father, that vision that was given to us at Calvary as Christ’s love was fully displayed on that rough, blood-bought, God-forsaken cross.”
Isaiah 11:1-4 (ESV)
1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; …
And it goes on to say “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord.”