Wednesday, January 6, 2021
The God who Sees
The God who Sees
And God saw the light . . . Genesis 1:4 NKJV
This morning we noticed the goodness of the light, and the Lord’s dividing it from the darkness. Now we note the special eye which the Lord had for the light. And God saw the light—he looked at it with satisfaction, gazed upon it with pleasure, saw that it “was good” (Genesis 1:4). If the Lord has given you light, dear reader, He looks on that light with peculiar interest—for not only is it dear to Him as His own handiwork, but because it is like himself, for “God is light” (1 John 1:5). It is pleasant to the believer to know that God’s eye tenderly observes that work of grace which He has begun. He never loses sight of the treasure He has placed in our earthen vessels. Sometimes we cannot see the light, but God always sees the light—and that is much better than our seeing it. Better for the Judge to see my innocence than for me to think I see it. It is very comfortable for me to know that I am one of God’s people—but whether I know it or not, if the Lord knows it, I am safe. This is the foundation: “The Lord knows those who are his” (2 Timothy 2:19). You may be sighing and groaning because of the sin inside you, mourning over your darkness—yet the Lord sees “light” in your heart, for He has put it there. All the cloudiness and gloom of your soul cannot conceal your light from His gracious eye. You may have sunk low in despondency, even despair—but if your soul has any longing toward Christ, and if you are seeking to rest in His finished work, God sees the light. And He not only sees the light, He also preserves it in you. “I, the LORD, keep it” (Isaiah 27:3 NKJV). This is a precious thought to those who, after anxiously watching and guarding themselves, feel their own powerlessness to do so. God preserves your light by His grace, and He will one day develop it into the splendor of midday, the fullness of glory. The light within you is the dawn of the eternal day. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
It was interesting that reading this was on the heels of reading in Genesis of Hagar, Abraham's other Wife by way of being Sarah's slave. She does indeed become pregnant and runs away from home because of Sarah's abuse. The Lord finds her and one of her responses is to say those words. The God who sees.
I admit many times I wonder if God's even looking in my direction. There's times I have felt very alone. Even in a room full of people. For the longest time I believed there was a problem with me in that it seemed like every guy I tried to become friends with at various Churches, they pretty much all ran away.
God saw the light and said it was good.
Before Satan and his followers fell, all that God saw in Heaven and the Universe was perfection. It was all very good in His eyes, by His definition.
You see (pun intended) we choose to look out across life or we choose to stick our heads in the sand. We choose to live like Jesus did rise from the dead or we choose to look the other way. We choose to see the great things He has done or we choose to look upon all the negative.
Choice is with us in seeing.
Believe it or not choice is one thing that came with Jesus arising from the dead. For those who come to Christ for Salvation, Jesus forgives and chooses not to see their sins. For those who do not come to Christ and be saved, there is no choice. Their sin remains no matter how they live their lives. As said in other blog posts, it doesn't matter if you followed the Bible to the letter, without a repentant heart that has received Christ, your sins are counted against you. The Pharisees and Sadducees we leaders of the Jewish people. Living, as they interpreted it, to the letter of the Law of God. Yet Jesus said that your righteousness must exceed theirs. The only way to be saved is not on things you do, but on what Christ did on the cross. A sacrifice was brought to the Temple in the Old Testament. The Priest did what was required with it. But the effect of that sacrifice was actually on the person bringing it. God was looking at their intentions. Not their outward view. He had regard for Able's sacrifice but not his brothers. Because of Cain's heart condition his wasn't acceptable.
All the money, surgeries, medications, therapies, counselors etc in this world will never make 1 person right before God.
Only by seeing the light of truth in Christ, by coming and asking Him to save you, can He, both the sacrifice and the Priest, deem you right before God. He paid it all for those who have come to be saved.
Nicodemus came to Jesus at night, ironically, to have the light of truth about being born again shine on him.
Jesus is still accepting admissions to Heaven. He is still saying to all who will...Come.
One day soon He will be told by His Father, that it's time, tell my people who are called by Your Name to come. Tell your Bride it is time.
Please open your eyes. Look at yourself. Is the light of Christ within you?
I am very aware of the wretchedness of my sin. Yet in Christ Jesus my scarlett colored sin is as white as snow. He chooses not to see it. I have no trouble being reminded of my past. It's up to me to remind Satan of his future. He lost and will lose again.
May you find the light of Christ today. If it's already yours, let it shine for all to see. They will likely have issues with it. Jesus said they would. Shine anyway.
If you haven't come to Christ, realize that it is a limited time offer. Once the Father says it's time, the door to the Ark of Christ will close. People will be vanishing who put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for Salvation. 7 years of judgements will be coming. If you remotely thought life for Christians was bad now. Those who come to Christ during those next 7 years it will be horrific.
May the God of all things open your eyes today, either to a renewed walk with Jesus or a new walk with Jesus.