The Eyes of the Lord – Deuteronomy 11

11 But the land that you are going over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water by the rain from heaven, 12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.  Deuteronomy 11:11-12 ESV

“Have I also seen Him who sees me?”

Those were the words of Hagar, the maid of Abraham’s wife, Sarah, when God had first called the Jewish nation to be a people set apart for Himself.  God had promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child who would become the next generation in a growing Israelite family as numerous as the stars of heaven or the sand on the seashore.  (Their child, Isaac, would also become the second person in the genealogy of Jesus Christ).

But ten years passed, and no child had come on the scene.  In Sarah’s words, God had “restrained” her from having the promised child.  She came up with an alternate plan to use her maid Hagar as a surrogate, so she asked Abraham to marry her, as well, and Hagar quickly conceived.  Bad blood between the two wives quickly arose, and Sarah was harsh with Hagar.  With Abraham’s permission, she sent Hagar off into the desert to fend for herself.

God did not approve of Sarah’s plan.  It short circuited the plan of God and had serious repercussions.  But God saw the trials of Hagar.  And God met her by a spring of water in the desert, and lovingly told her to swallow her pride and return to Abraham and Sarah for the benefit of her and her coming child, which God told her would be a male to be named Ishmael.

Hagar gave the Lord the name “El Roi”, which in Hebrew means the “God Who Sees Me”.  In fact. He is a God Who Sees Me and Cares.

Five centuries later, Moses assured the Israelites that God would see them and watch over the land that He was bringing them into.  The Lord would not abandon them unattended in their new land once Moses had passed, and that, if they made God a priority in their lives, He would continually watch over them and protect the land, providing everything they needed to thrive in their faith community.

God continues to see and watch over us today.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9 NKJV 

The eyes of the Lord are always looking throughout the earth for those with a willing heart.  He wants to draw new believers to Himself, granting them a kernel of a willingness to take a step of faith toward Him.  He draws us to the salvation provided by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a substitutionary sacrifice for all our sins, past, present and future.  He grants us a righteousness that allows us to approach the Father day or night with a clean, repentant and grateful heart.

Though the Father sees us and draws each of us to Himself, He will not force us to respond positively to His loving invitation.  That is up to each one us.  We have the free will to receive, ignore or reject His offer as we see fit.

May we each respond with openness to the loving God who sees us and cares for us each day.

17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:17 NKJV

Reflection

One of the steps in 12 Step programs is to accept the care and guidance of a loving God instead of trying to run the show around us all by ourselves.  God invites all of us to “turn it over” into His hand when confronted or surrounded by a fearful situation that is too large for us to carry alone.

In Matthew 6, Jesus tells us that our Heavenly Father knows all that we need.  The God Who Sees Us also cares for us and will provide whatever we need to get though life if we choose to receive it.

What situation in your life is too big to handle alone today?

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