|From heaven the Lord looks down|
and sees all mankind;
from his dwelling place he watches
all who live on earth—
he who forms the hearts of all,
who considers everything they do.
– Psalm 33:13-15
|The writer of Psalm 33 knew what he was talking about! God watches over His children. To think otherwise is to literally believe God is blind; that He really isn't God at all! I have pondered the question of what it means to be God, and it escapes my comprehension in so many infinite ways. What little understanding I have, leads me to conclude that:|
God exists beyond the realm of impossibility.
I understand possible, but how does one fathom the impossible? How am I to understand what my mind cannot conceive? I have children, and yet I cannot see all of them simultaneously unless they appear before me. I can think of them, collectively speaking, but I cannot have independent, concurrent thoughts of them all. I have difficulty having a single independent thought for any length of time; I need a break because my thoughts at times are scattered. Of the millions of people who have walked this earth, God maintains a focus on each one; He intimately knows them. Who among us can say?
I intimately know God
God doesn't take breaks. He doesn't coast. Unlike an athlete, He doesn't take plays off. Unlike an entertainer, He doesn't have an occasional forgettable performance. Unlike a politician, He doesn't make promises (he has no intention of keeping) just to get your vote.
God is serious about you.
Why would He take such an interest in you, if He weren't seriously concerned about your life? How serious are you when it comes to your life? What is your life really worth?
The bible advises each of us to “count the cost” (Luke 14:28). I think the question begging me to answer is:
Was the sacrificial death of Christ for me worth it?
Is the death of Christ meaningless to me?
How am I valuing what God did on my behalf?
God watches over you. The bible says, “…fixing our eyes on Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2).
What is it I see? What are my eyes focused on? What has my attention? What captivates my thoughts?
A Living Sacrifice
God isn't some spectator at a sporting event, movie, theater performance or concert. No, God fully invests Himself into our life; filling me with the Holy Spirit that I become a living sacrifice to Him. In the Old Testament, the blood of bulls, lambs and goats were offered in sacrifice to God, but that's not what God desired. God desires a committed life. Each of us has been given the opportunity to live life in a way that declares our gratitude for His love, grace, forgiveness, and redemption. God watches over each of us. He’s not looking for one committed life, but a community, a family all related to Him. We are His children, born of His Spirit!
God watches over you, not to catch you when you sin, so that you'll be punished. God desires that when I sin, I ask His forgiveness; knowing that I'm no longer a slave to sin. I've been set free.
Savor the Moment!
I have to believe that God is thrilled when I acknowledge His presence in my life; that I see Him at work both in me and on my behalf. I say this because; I'm pleased when someone appreciates me, whether at home, in my community, or work. I want my actions to matter, to be appreciated by someone.
Even though God is working all things together for good, I don't always recognize or appreciate what He does or is doing (for me). It doesn't mean I'm ungrateful, sometimes, my attention is elsewhere. That's why these moments of appreciation become so valued to me; I can see that God watches over my life and He is working on my behalf to bring about a good result. I also have to believe that because God is working on my behalf that He wants me to understand how much He values me. When you see God at work in your life, savor the moment.
For some of us, it's like being a child again and getting that treat we long to taste. The bible says, “…taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8). To experience (taste) the Living God at work in my life, is a moment God wants me to remember (savor). God desires that I hunger for those moments, seek those moments, and call for those moments to come alive in me. I want God to see me thanking Him!
I will savor that moment!
|Note: This post is linked to Spiritual Sundays (hosted by Charlotte).|