Weekly Devotions
THE GOD WHO SEES YOU CANNOT HIDE FROM THE WATCHFUL, CARING EYE OF GOD 1. God Sees The Glory and Goodness of Creation (Gen. 1:4,10,12,18,21,25,31) 1. 1 Timothy 4:4 “For everything created by God is good, and nothing should be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 2. God Sees Man’s Need for Relationship (2:18) 1. Man was made for relationship with God 3. God Sees Mankind’s Absence Because of Sin (3:8) 1. Man continues to hide from God 4. God Sees Man’s Need for Covering (3:21) 1. Physically- covering their nakedness 2. Spiritually- covering death that descended on mankind 5. God Sees When We Are Tempted to Sin (4:7) 1. Do right…that is the first line of defense 2. Master yourself 1. You do this by staying in fellowship with God 6. God Sees Our Righteous Actions Too (6:9,22) (Job 1:1) 1. Noah was righteous and blameless 2. Job was righteous (blameless & upright) (Job 1:1) 7. God Sees The World In Which We Live (6:5) 1. Sin is progressive 8. God Through Jesus Offers a Fresh Start (Gen. 9:1) 1. 2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
God is not playing a cosmic game of hide and seek. We cannot hide from God and He will not hide from us. God sees us, loves us, and seeks us. John Ortberg notes that, “God doesn’t just allow Adam to hide. God comes searching for him. God takes the initiative to restore their closeness, even though Adam is the one withholding himself. After He finishes counting to one hundred, God says, “I’ll be IT.” Throughout the opening chapters of Genesis, God sees His creation and is ready to love, forgive, reconcile and restore mankind. Hiding from God does not insulate us from Him. To hide places ourselves in a place of isolation, guilt, shame, and defeat. Sin is progressive. The more we bury it or ignore it, the more strongly it grips our life. Sin started with an act of rebellion in the Garden of Eden, grew to murder in Gen. 4, and culminated with the destruction of mankind because “Genesis 6:5 says that, “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” God not only notices our failure and sin but takes note when we do what is right. God saw Noah’s righteousness and this produced “favor in the eyes of the Lord.” In Job 1, God so recognized Job’s faithfulness that He pointed out Job’s righteousness to Satan. Both Noah and Job had this in common, they walked with God. The key to victoriously lies in the daily walk with God, talking with Him, worshipping Him, and obeying Him. The beauty of both the flood narrative and Job’s life is that when God takes note of our faithful walk with Him, He will redeem the circumstances we face, “to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Is. 61:3).”