Is God looking into your life? The answer to this question is emphatically, yes! God is looking into the lives of every single one of us … everyday. God sees who we were, who we are and what we will become. In other words, He’s interested in our past, present and future. The Bible is rich with stories of people’s lives; defining their state before they knew God, their state after having an encounter with God and most importantly, their future state to come.
For some of you who have not read the Biblical account of Job, it is a must read! The Book of Job begins at a place in Job’s life where he is already walking with God. There is not an account given in the Bible of Job’s life from the beginning. But we know all people have an encounter with God and a choice to make about following Him. We know that Job must have made the choice to follow God because God describes Job as blameless and upright.
Now the Book of Job deals with the very nature of who God is and how He watches over mankind as protector, provider and perfecter of our faith. His relationship towards mankind is not to find fault, but to lead us into the path of righteousness.
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.C
When you read the whole story of Job, you learn how Job loses his wealth, his children, and his health. Now if you are thinking like I once did, you may of just thought, I can’t believe that God would set Job up for the devil to destroy him. But when we remember that God sees us and knows us and cares for us, we by faith believe that God always has a purpose and a plan for us. He sees who we will become through it all. We don’t know the future outcome, nor do we know how God will work things out for our good. God sees and watches over mankind so the He may instruct us and lead us in the path of righteousness. None of us knows the mind of God, nor has anyone ever counseled Him. At the end of the Book of Job, Job reached this conclusion about God.
Job 42:1-6 Then Job replied to the Lord: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted. You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”
We see here that Job realizes, in the end, who he is and who God is. He realizes that God has his best interest at heart. Job now knows that, all along, God knew the outcome and the growth that Job would experience because God sees all.
The other day, while Amy and I were chatting on her way into work, I was sharing with her about this week’s post. I told her how, all too often without even thinking, I’ve made little attempts to put God on my level. I have to remind myself that God is so much bigger than you or I … how God sees and knows everything. Amy shared with me a really powerful connection. She went on to remind me how our girls are always amazed that we “know things” they are doing or thinking; even when we don’t actually see it. But the reality is, Amy went on to say, that we don’t really know for sure. We may sense it or suspect it but we don’t always really know what they are thinking, feeling or doing. But God never has to sense or suspect anything – He knows! And, He cares! The Book of Matthew has this to say about God’s caring and watchful eyes.
Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. These Bible verses are here to remind you and me of how loving and watchful God is.
WHY IS GOD SO CONCERNED
Why is God so concern about our past, present and future? It’s because of His amazing love for us. From the very beginning of creation, God made provisions and provided for both our present and future needs. It is for this very reason that we should always include God in our plans. Who knows us better than the one who created us? God watches us not so that He can find fault, but out of love and concern He looks for the good. Earlier this week I was watching my little Ella during her gymnastics lesson. As she is doing the skill she is working on, the coach is watching her … studying her every move. Why? Well as I watched this, I realized her coach is watching her not to criticize her but to perfect her. As the spiritual leader of my home, I watch over my little girls and my wife not to find the bad in them but for the good. And, to do everything in my power to nurture it. God showed me that is what He does. He’s not out to get us or to criticize us or to take pleasure in our failures. No! He’s watching us because He cares and He wants to perfect us.