2 Chronicles 16:9 NLT
That is a terrifying realization for people who thought they were getting away with “secret” activities. We may be able to deceive people for a while, but not God, not for a split second. In fact He already saw the whole thing before it happened, when it was just a desire in our heart.
While the all-seeing eyes of the Lord are unsettling to people who are trying to hide something from Him, they are a wonderful comfort and encouragement to the people “whose hearts are fully committed to him.” Not only does He see what is going on in the lives of the “fully committed,” His eyes “search the whole earth in order to strengthen” them. Can you imagine, with the billions of people in this world, He specifically looks for us! Not to judge us, but to graciously help us with the strength we need. He never forgets about us. He’s never tired, never asleep, always checking on us so He can strengthen us in our weakness. None of us have a heart that is perfectly committed to him. We need his strengthening every day. May we make good use of the strength He so lovingly offers.
If you are one of those who are uneasy with the thought of an all-seeing God, there is good news for you as well. Instead of trying to hide what you feel guilty about, (which is impossible), admit it to God, ask Him to forgive you, and He will forgive!! Once forgiven, you will no longer fear His eyes. Now you welcome them because they have searched you out to give you strength to quit doing what you had been ashamed of. Good news, right?!! Take advantage of it!
Father, your search for us finds us in our weakness, but we are so thankful you have come to strengthen us! We continually need your help with fully committing our hearts to you.
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