When you think of God’s attributes, which ones come to mind? The most common answer to that question are the “omnis” that declare that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present. Perhaps we think about the fact that God saves, that He heals, that He forgives, that He strengthens us… and the list goes on. But there is one aspect that is seldom mentioned: He sees.
OK. So, that may not seem very significant. Of course He sees. All throughout the Bible we read that “God saw” or “the Lord saw.” But when God sees, it’s not just a natural seeing, as in our sense of vision. God’s seeing indicates that He notices; that He knows; that He cares.
Let’s look at a few examples:
Exodus 2:23-25 – During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. God saw the people of Israel—and God knew.
God saw their affliction; and God knew – He knew what they were going through; and He knew what to do about it.
Do you ever wonder if God knows what you’re going through? You see, when we are going through difficult times, it may seem to us that we’re on our own – nobody understands us; nobody sees us. The lie of the enemy is that God is distant, uninterested. But you can be assured that, just as He saw the plight of the Israelites, He sees right where you are. And He knows. And He cares.
Look at the story of Hagar – a mistreated slave, now a single mother, poor and outcast (literally):
Genesis 16:7-8 – The angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” . . . So she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, “You are a God of seeing,” for she said, “Truly here I have seen him who looks after me.”
Here we see it again. God did not take notice of Hagar because of her reputation, or because of all the “good things” she had done. Hagar hadn’t done anything to earn God’s favor. But He is a God who sees, and who cares. He took care of Hagar in her time of need. And He sees you, regardless of what you’ve been through or even if you’ve turned your back on Him. He sees you. And He knows. And He cares.
Now let me ask you the reverse: Do YOU see? Do you see what God is doing? Look at Moses:
Exodus 3:1-4 – Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.
And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
If you can’t see God in your circumstances, it’s not because He is distant; and it’s not that He’s ignoring you. He sees you, and He’s working in your situation. He knows, and He cares. When He saw the distress of the Israelites, He did something to get Moses’ attention. Moses saw it, and God saw that Moses saw it; and this “seeing” gave rise to the great deliverance of Israel from slavery. Perhaps it is time for you to open your eyes – to turn and see. See the God who sees you, and see what He is doing on your behalf.
Dr. Chiqui Polo-Wood | All Rights Reserved 2016