God Sees You
Are you troubled by many things? Do you easily get stressed when you think about the many things that you must get done in a day’s time? In Luke 10:38-42, we see that Martha was very troubled by the many preparations. While her motives were good, her heart wasn’t because she LET her circumstances trouble her. We are commanded in John 14:1 to not LET our hearts be troubled. We must remember that it is in taking that time to sit at the Master’s feet that we will be refreshed, and able to go about our many tasks, without letting our hearts be troubled, for apart from Him, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Do you want to see Jesus, but at the same time, you feel like you want to hide so that He doesn’t see you? In Luke 19:1-10, we find the story of Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus, so he climbed up in a sycamore tree. Notice that this wasn’t just any tree, but a sycamore tree. There are lots of leaves in a sycamore tree. Could it be that Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus, but he didn’t want the Master to see him? But what happened? Jesus got there, and He looked up at Zacchaeus, then he called him by name. Today, if you are trying to hide from the Master, I tell you that He is calling you by name. Just as Zacchaeus had a change of heart, God wants to change YOU! And the change which He desires to bring is a change to better you and your life.
Do you feel insignificant? Do you feel like your life has no meaning? Ps. 139 tells us much about how significant we are. God knows when you sit and when you stand. He knows your very thoughts. He has hemmed you in — behind and before; having laid His hand upon you. There is no place you can go where He cannot see you. He is the one who knit you together while in your mother’s womb. He saw you, even while still in the warmth and protection of her womb. Even when your body was unformed, He still saw you. If you were insignificant, why would Almighty God take the time to see you in all of these ways? YOU ARE NOT INSIGNIFICANT – YOU HAVE GREAT WORTH! Father is saying to you today, “My child, I LOVE YOU with an EVERLASTING love.” Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan and purpose for our lives. His plan is to help us, not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future.
Are you sad, to the point of weeping, and you feel so all alone? In John 11:33, we see that Jesus saw Mary weeping over the death of her brother, and He was DEEPLY MOVED. Again, in verse 38, it says that He was DEEPLY MOVED. In the depths of your pain and sadness, He has promised to never leave you, nor forsake you, (Heb. 13:5) and He is deeply moved by YOUR tears.
Are you crippled physically, emotionally, financially, or spiritually? Do you feel bowed over in your spirit because of the weight you bear? In Luke 13:10-13, Jesus sees a crippled lady, and He calls her forward, then heals her. Jesus sees you, feeling so “crippled in spirit,” and He says, “Child, cast all your cares upon Me, for I care for you. I will sustain you, for I will never let the righteous fall.” (I Pet. 5:7; Ps. 55:22)
Are you sick? I want to encourage you by telling you that the Master does see you! In John 5:6 Jesus saw the man who had been an invalid for 38 years. In John 9:1, He sees a man who was blind from birth. In Mark 10:46-52, we find the story of the blind beggar. The persistent cries of this man stopped the Master. Jesus ceased from His activity to tend the need of this one man — a man who is nameless in scripture. Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The man was very specific, and Jesus honored his direct request. This man teaches us three important things: 1) Be persistent in approaching the Master. 2) Be bold. This man took a bold step of faith. When he saw that he had the attention of Jesus, he threw his cloak aside. This garment is what distinguished him as a beggar. He knew that he wasn’t going to need it anymore! 3) Be specific when you pray. — I will never forget a time when I was dealing with severe moods swings from PMS. I humbled myself and went forward for prayer because I was desperate for God to touch me. The pastor was very specific in his prayer, praying that God would cause any hormonal imbalance to come back into perfect alignment, functioning the way in which God ordained it to function. I began to pray that over and over, and I found a huge difference in my moods! Praise the Lord!
There is another story in Mark 5:21-43 that talks about healing. Jairus (notice that it mentions his name) was a man of importance — a synagogue ruler. He came to
Jesus because his daughter was dying. Jesus went with him and a large crowd followed. It mentions that a “woman” who had been bleeding for twelve years presses through the crowd to touch Him. Notice that it doesn’t say her name — giving the assumption that she wasn’t very important in this story. The Word tells us that “immediately” Jesus knew that power had gone out from Him. He asked, “Who touched my clothes?” I really doubt that He was asking that question for His own benefit. He kept looking around to see who had touched Him. Then, this “insignificant woman” comes forward, and what does Jesus do? He calls her “daughter!” When you feel so all alone, remember that our Lord is calling you, and He is saying, “DAUGHTER!”
Now, back to Jairus. Some men approach Jairus and tell him that his daughter is dead. Jesus isn’t swayed at all by the “chatter” of these men, but simply tells Jairus not to be afraid, just believe. At this point, in verse 37, it says that Jesus didn’t let anyone follow Him and Jairus except for Peter, James, and John. Now, we know that there isn’t anything in the Word that is “insignificant.” Why do you think He did this? The rest of the people believed the word that the daughter of Jairus was dead. They accepted that as a fact, which wasn’t going to change. But our God is in the business of calling those things which aren’t as though they were! We see at the end of this story that Jesus brings Jairus’s daughter back to life.
Now, when you are going through a serious illness, sometimes you need to separate yourself from “godless chatter.” You need to surround yourself with those who will believe with you, who will pray for you when you no longer know what to pray, who will pray for you when you no longer feel like praying. You need to surround yourself with those who won’t judge you, but will be willing to cry with you. You need to surround yourself with those who won’t try to tell you the solution, but are willing to BE part of the solution! You need to surround yourself with those who are just willing to love you and stand with you!
Ps. 103:13-14 tells us that as a father has compassion on his children, our Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. He remembers our frame, that we are dust. So, He knows that we are going to have times when we doubt, fear, become anxious, get angry at Him over our circumstances, and more. Even though He knows this, it goes on to say in verse 17 that from everlasting to everlasting, His love is with those who fear Him. So don’t despair when you have the feelings which I mentioned. God KNOWS you are going to do this, but HE LOVES YOU ANYWAY, and HE LOVES YOU IN SPITE OF THOSE FEELINGS!
Ps. 139:10 tells us that God’s right hand will hold us fast. I just learned something new about this scripture. A visual picture of this is a mother who is walking with her toddler in a parking lot. She doesn’t just hold the toddler’s hand loosely, but she firmly grasps his hand with her thumb on the outside of the hand. She has a FIRM hold on his hand. God has a FIRM hold on YOUR hand, and He is NOT going to let YOU go!
God tells us in Isaiah 49:16 that He has engraved us on the palm of His hand. He could never forget you. Every time He looks at the palm of His hand, He sees YOU!
© 2003, Stacy R. Miller