Some of you have been following along and wondering just what His Story is all about. Well, I'm glad you asked. Today, I'm giving you a special sneak-peek into this devotional on the character of God. Enjoy!
To be seen is vitally important for us as humans; this desire has been hard-wired into each individual. Though we don't necessarily need to be noticed by everyone, we do long to be known or be recognized, even if it's only by a select few. It's amazing how people react when you meet them once and remember their name, they feel important; they know they've been seen. Jesus was amazing at this! He saw people for who they were, looking past their masks, facades, and disguises.
Read Mark 12:41-44
Think about the courage this mystery woman displayed when she gave her offering! From the description, she was clearly out of place in a temple that was inhabited by the rich and religious elite. If I were her, I would've waited on the outskirts of the crowd, wanting to remain completely unnoticed. I would do everything in my power to draw no attention to myself, slipping my two coins into the offering when no one was looking. Yet Jesus saw. More than just seeing her action, he saw her heart and the intention behind it.
God does the same for us today. He doesn't just see us, he also sees our intentions, our desires, our joys, our sorrows, and our hearts. He sees those things we do in secret, both good and bad, and those things we do publicly, both good and bad. And he still loves us.
The Bible describes again and again how people tried to hide from God, but each person was rather unsuccessful. In the garden after Adam and Eve sinned, God saw them; they were unable to hide from Him. In Genesis, when Hagar was fleeing from the wrath of her master, Sarai, God saw her and met her where she was at. Jonah couldn't hide on a boat, in the belly of a fish, or under a tree. God sees his children through the eyes of love and will do all he can to lead us away from sin and toward himself.
Today, I want to remind you that God sees you. Yes, you! I don't mean your more successful sibling, the more productive co-worker, or the loud neighbor, I mean you. He sees you at work, whether you love your job or hate it, he sees you at home, when you're happy and when you're sad, he sees you when you're feeling lonely and when you feel on top of the world. When you feel overlooked, you're not overlooked by God. He sees you: in good times and bad, he sees you.
Lord, thank you for seeing and knowing each of us. Thank you that there is nowhere we can go to get away from your presence and there's no place we can run to escape your sight. More than even that, you love us though we make mistakes consistently. Help us to be ever more aware of your presence and your love as we go about our day. Amen!
To go deeper: Read Genesis 16:1-13, Psalm 139:7-12
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