He Sees (Exodus 3:7)
Have you ever heard the phrase, “God sees you!”? If you’re like me, you’ve heard it before, but it had a negative connotation to it. It was used to scare you into doing the right thing, because if you didn’t, God the stern tyrant, was going to see you and strike punish you for your misdeeds. Because this idea of a God waiting to pounce on us has been so deeply ingrained, it never occurs to us, that the phrase, “God sees you,” could have a completely different meaning. It not only means that He sees what you do, but it also means that He sees what’s going on with you. He sees your burdens. He sees your heartache. He sees your worries and concerns. He sees the one thing that’s causing you to lose sleep. He sees your heart, your motives and desires. God sees you! The good news for us is that whatever affects the eye of God also affects the heart of God!
What does God see (or take notice of)? First of all he sees our sorrows. In Exodus 3:7, the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt.” As slaves in Egypt, the Israelites had no one to plead their case to. They could not go to Pharaoh to discuss the manner in which they were being mistreated. They certainly could not allow their misery to be displayed outwardly. They couldn’t even complain to one another for fear of being overheard, so at best, all they could do was cry silent tears when they were alone. It should give each of us comfort to know that even our secret sorrows are known to God.
God also takes notice of our oppressors. In verse 9, He says, “I have seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.” He will not allow those who are mistreating you to go unchecked. He is compelled to do something about it. God has a way of handling those who mistreat you. The key is, we must let Him handle them. We cannot take matters into our own hands. We must continue to show forth His character and trust His plan. In His word there are all types of promises concerning how our enemies will be handled if we would leave it to him.
Love your enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)
I’ll make your enemies your footstool. (Psalm 110:1)
He’ll prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies (Psalm 23:5)
He’ll fight your battles if you would be still and know that He is God. (II Chronicles 20:17)
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises against you shall be condemned. (Isaiah 54:17)
When God sees what’s going on in your life, He does not leave you without a promise of hope. In Exodus 3:8, He says, “And I am come down to deliver them…” This means that because what he sees affects His heart, he is moved to personally intervene on your behalf. What does that mean? Expect the unexpected. He’s going to do the something supernatural to bring you out. Because your circumstance is extraordinary, he’s going to do the extraordinary to deliver you from it.
What does God’s personal deliverance remind you of? It should remind you of what Christ did for us on Calvary. Our sin had created extraordinary circumstances that couldn’t be remedied by normal means, so God had to do the supernatural to deliver us.
Today, whatever it is that concerns you, you must trust that He sees you. In other words, He has taken notice. And whatever affects His eye, also affects His heart!