Our memory verse this week is: The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good. Prov. 15:3 So, if you don’t know it already, we are all accountable to El Roi – The God Who Sees. Quite a realization.
This is something that we all need to keep in mind as Christians. But if you are a parent, this is an especially important thing to teach your children – God…sees…everything. For the Lord sees not as a man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart (1 Sam 16:7).
This can be good or bad for you – depending on your heart!
Good, if He sees goodness in your heart: “And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in twosmall copper coins, which make a penny.And he called his disciples to him and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you,this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, allshe had to live on'” (Mark 12:41-44).
Bad, if He sees disobedience and selfishness reflected n your heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? ‘I the LORD search the heart and test the mind,to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds'” (Jer 17:9-10).
It seems more fair than the worldly way, the fact that God knows what is true about each of us. How many times have we felt overlooked or misunderstood? But not by Him.
You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were
written in your book before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand
when I awake, I am still with you.
Keeping all of this in mind, how does it help us to know that God is El Roi (The God Who Sees)? Ask yourself, are there things that you would rather He not see? Or can you relate to Hagar – are you relieved to think that He has seen you, seen your need?
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