The teen girl who feels invisible. A mom surrounded by loneliness. The woman who wonders if anyone cares. That man struggling with meaning. Those touched by hopelessness. Souls caught in the pit of despair. The lost who don’t believe they can be found. To everyone who questions God’s existence or love.
Or, if you ask. Is God there? Does He know? Does He see?
Little Red Riding Hood’s wolf in disguise possessed big eyes. “The better to see you with,” he said. But his eyes don’t compare to the Lord’s eyes which are vast, keen, and aware.
We find a story of the God who sees in Genesis 16. Childless, Sarah devises a plan for her servant Hagar to conceive her husband’s child. Hagar obliges, but Sarah regrets her scheme and deals harshly with Hagar.
So Hagar flees the scene. Alone in the wilderness, she encounters an angel of the Lord who tells her she will bear a son, her offspring will be multiplied, and to return and submit to her mistress. Within this narrative, Hagar recognized a powerful truth about God.
“So she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, ‘You are a God of seeing,’ for she said, ‘Truly here I have seen him who looks after me’” Genesis 16:13 ESV.
God’s eyes see me.
“For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth so that He may support those whose heart is completely His” 2 Chronicles 16:9a AMP.
God’s eyesight is omnipresent. To and fro references a constant movement—backward and forward, side to side. There’s no place to escape His sight. He found Hagar in her wilderness and finds us in ours.
And God’s eyes set their sights on a mission to support us. He undergirds us in all of life’s plans, schemes, and ordeals. Our support comes from the eyes and heart of the Almighty. Especially in those instances when we flee the scene because the ordeal is too much to handle.
We find comfort in the fact that God sees. The Lord is everywhere—all the time. The Bible confirms His vision is omnipresent. He sees us. He sees all things. His eyes are in a continual state of motion. He’s the God who sees me.
Alone in the wilderness, Hagar saw the God who looked after her. He’s the God who cares for us when we think no one cares. The Lord always knows where we’ve come from and where we’re going. (See Genesis 16:8.)
Like Sarah, when I grow weary waiting on God, I devise my own plan or scheme. And I take matters into my own hands—more than I care to admit. But important life decisions belong in the hands of a higher power. When will I ever learn?
God’s eyes search with a specific intent. To support those whose heart is completely His. Belonging wholly to the Holy One. Giving unadulterated worship to the Mighty King.
A complete heart for God = downright, unmitigated, untempered, and utter devotion to Him over people and things.
God cares for us and wants our hearts to be completely His. He wants to devise our life’s plans. He desires that we submit to His will, expect Him to be visible in our lonely places, give Him authority to reign supreme, and find our hope in Christ alone.
You’re not invisible or alone.
You’re cared for and have meaning in life.
You can be found and have hope.
God’s there. He knows. And God sees.