OUR GOD IS WATCHING
Anita Clark – Pastor, Carbondale, KS
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:5, 8.
Throughout the Bible, at various times, we see that God is always looking down to earth watching the situations of mankind. But especially, at the time of Noah, God looked down and saw the corruption of mankind on the earth. In verse 3, it says, “My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh; yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.” Noah and his family were saved in the ark that God instructed Noah to build. The rest of the people perished in the flood.
Later, God had a great plan for the children of Israel, who were captive in Egypt. In Exodus 2:24-25, the Scripture speaks, “And God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.” The word “respect” has a meaning of “recognition, care or understanding.” God cared and immediately moved to deliver them from Egypt.
Moses speaks of this in Deuteronomy 11:11-12, how that God spoke to him about entering the promised land. “But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven. A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” God’s Promises were always true to Israel, though they were not always faithful to God. One day they will receive all the promises of the land God had ordained to give them.
There are many Scriptures mentioning that God looked down, or God was watching, or that God’s eyes saw what the evil people were doing. In Amos 9:8 the prophet says, “Behold the eyes of the LORD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob.”
In Zechariah 4: 10 it says, “...the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.” Proverbs 5:21 says “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He pondereth all his goings.” In Proverbs 15:3 it says, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Yes, the Lord does see all the evil of this world. However, He constantly is watching over His beloved people, who love Him and follow Him.
In Psalms 34:15-17 He says, “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” This verse is repeated by Peter in I Peter 3:11-12, where Peter quotes, “Let him eschew (shun, avoid) evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue (persue, or go after) it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against them that do evil.” Psalms 11:4 says, “The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in the heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.”
God sometimes gave reports of certain of His followers, as He did of King Jehoshaphat in I Kings 22:41-43. In verse 43, it tells us, “And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father, he turned not aside from doing that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, nevertheless the high places were not taken away, for the people offered and burned incense yet in the high places (to false gods.).”
Previous scripture tells about Jehoshaphat ‘s great victory found in II Chronicles 20:14-24 which shows that the eyes of the LORD were certainly upon Jehoshaphat. In verse 3 it tells of how he prayed to the LORD for help and the LORD heard.They did not have to fight, after Jehoshaphat appointed singers unto the LORD that they should praise the LORD and sing as they went out to battle, the LORD fought for them, and “the enemies dead bodies were fallen to the earth.” Later it says in Vs. 27 that “They returned to Jerusalem with joy.” This should speak to us.
One way to gain victory over the enemy (Satan) is to sing praises to the LORD our God. Satan has to flee for we have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord our God!.