READING: Psalms 94-96, Romans 15:14-33
“Can the One who shaped the ear not hear, the One who formed the eye not see?”
I don’t know about you, but I can be really stupid sometimes.
That happens when I somehow try to convince myself that I get away with sin. No, I don’t consciously think that way, and I certainly don’t verbalize such thoughts – but I, like others I suspect, somehow assume that my sin won’t catch up with me. After all, I’ve been a sinner all my life, and still I get to serve God in the various ways that I do. It just gets easy to forget that even the smallest sin of my life is still blatant rebellion against my Creator and Redeemer. It’s wrong. It’s revolt. It’s selfishness. It’s idolatry.
And I’m not getting away with it.
No, I can hide nothing from God. The psalmist described it this way when he spoke about rebels in the midst of God’s people: “They say, ‘The Lord doesn’t see it. The God of Jacob doesn’t pay attention.’ Pay attention, you stupid people! Fools, when will you be wise? Can the One who shaped the ear not hear, the One who formed the eye not see?” (Psalm 94:7-9). This text is one of those texts that is so simple that I’ve read right over in the past. It’s a foolish thought indeed to think the Lord doesn’t see all – that He’s somehow not paying attention to the world He rules. He made the ear, so surely He can hear; He who formed the eye is certainly powerful enough to see all things. It’s only a stupid man who thinks otherwise.
It’s the wise man who welcomes God’s “ears” and “eyes” into his life, knowing that God will direct and discipline because He loves us. We are the “sheep under His care” (Psalm 95:7), and it is good that He sees all things. He pays attention to us because we are His people. We have the privilege to “declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3), and He calls us to live in godliness in the depths of our being.
So, God, look deeply into my life. I pray You will be pleased.
- Ask God today to show you the depth of your life. See yourself as He sees you.
- Then, be amazed by His grace. Tell somebody about His wonderful works.
PRAYER: “God, see all of me. Forgive me. Cleanse me.’”
TOMORROW’S READING: Psalms 97-99 Romans 16