AUGUST 18, 2020 / MULYALE MUTISYA
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 ~ 2 Chronicles 16:9
When God finished creating the earth and everything in it, He sat back and watched Adam who was co-existing with the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. God, ‘brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was his name’ (Genesis 2:19). When God watched and saw that ‘for Adam no suitable helper was found’ (v20), He created Eve and ‘brought her to the man’ (v22), and again watched what Adam would name her. ‘The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman for she was taken out of man”’ (v23). God approved, and it is ‘for this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh’ (v24).
God watched and whatever man did, He approved. But after the fall of man, God watched and saw that ‘every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time’ (6:v5). Now, ‘the Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God’ (Psalm 14:2). Those who choose not to follow God because ‘in all his thoughts there is no room for God’ (10:v4), they think that ‘God has forgotten; he covers his face and never sees’ (v11). Little do they know that God is watching, giving them time to see if they will turn to Him.
When God watches, He sees the wicked who ‘spread error concerning the Lord’ (Isaiah 32:6), have ‘no fear of God before his eyes’, ‘flatters himself too much to detect sin’, and ‘on his bed plots evil; he commits himself to a sinful course and does not reject what is wrong’ (Psalm 36:1-4). When the wicked oppress and exploit the poor and crush the needy and ‘speak continually against their brother’ (50:v 20), God says to them ‘These things you have done and I kept silent; you thought I was altogether like you but I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face’ (v21). Unbeknownst to them, ‘the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming’ (37:v 13).
According to Proverbs, the day for the wicked is ‘suddenly’ backed by Isaiah 47, ‘a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you’ (v11) and David who writes ‘But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down’ (Psalms 64:7). When God watches, ‘If he does not relent, he will sharpen his sword; he will bend his bow. He has prepared his deadly weapons; he makes ready his flaming arrows’ (7:v 12-13). God watches wicked men and even ‘gives them over in their sinful desires’ (Romans 1:24) and says, ‘keep on, then, with magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have laboured at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror. All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you’ (Isaiah 47:12-13).
‘From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth- he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do’ (Psalm 33:13-15). When God watches and all kinds of atrocities, injustices and suffering manifest on earth, we think that God is asleep, not knowing that He ‘will neither slumber nor sleep’ (121:v4). When disasters and atrocities plague the earth and God watches, we think that God ignores us and is unkind, but like to Abraham God says, ‘for the sin of the Amorites has not yet reached its full measure’ (Genesis 15:16).
When the world grapples with all sorts of sin and suffering, we are to know that when the sins reach their full measure and the day of reckoning comes, God asks, ‘What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?’ (Isaiah 10:3). On that day of reckoning, God says to them that follow and obey Him, ‘Have no fear of sudden disaster or the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared’ (Proverbs 3:25-26). Meanwhile, God watches and ‘records our lament, list our tears on His scroll’ (Psalm 56:8).
God sits enthroned and watches, ‘The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them’ ~ Psalm 11:4.