Genesis 16:13: And she called the name of Jehovah that spake unto her, Thou art a God that seeth: for she said, Have I even here looked after him that seeth me?
The understanding of God is without limit. That was the discovery of Hagar. After she ran away from Sarai (latter changed to Sarah), she was despondent, thinking all was lost (Genesis 16:1-14) and there was no remedy for her situation. God interjected her thought process, revealing himself to her, giving her a specific direction on what she should do. And she made the confession about God that was recorded in the verse above.
Maybe you are now in that same position, thinking the whole world is against you, asking yourself where God is in all these. God wants to let you know that he sees.
Jacob, running away from his brother Esau (Genesis 27-28), just as Haggai was running away from Sarah, got to a place where he puts his head on a pillow and slept. And in his dream he had an encounter with God.
Prior to that, he was a purely naturalistic man who schemes to get what he wants, and was probably a mummy’s boy with little care in the world.
This same man, from a dream, realised that the world does not surround him; that there was a God in heaven who sees. He thereafter asked that God go with him on his journey and bring him back safely, giving him food and clothing. He realises that the God who sees everywhere can provide for him anywhere, though he would no longer be with his parents. Though he was leaving the coziness of that familiar territory, he asked the God-who-sees, to be with him.
David confessed that there is no where he can go from the presence of God (Psalm 139:1-16), concluding that God is omnipresent and all-knowing. He added that God knows him through and through, knows his frame. He ascribes full understanding to God, recognizing him for who he is.
It is funny when people are only reverential when they come around places they refer to as “holy”. It is insulting. It is treating God, as if he is an object. How would you feel if someone treated you like that?
While Paul was in Athens, at a place called the Areopagus (Acts 17:16-29), he confronted the people’s views of God, asserting that God is not an object made with hands since he made all things and in him we breathe, we move and have our being, and he sets the nations in their order.
Hypocrites behave as if God is blind. What an insult, they play to the gallery, ignorant of the ultimate “gallery”- God.
Nathaniel had an encounter with the God-who-sees (John 1:44-51). Jesus told him that while he (Nathaniel) was still afar off, he had seen him without the use of telescope. He did not only see his physical form but he also saw into the kind of heart he had. Jesus told him he was a man without guile, without deceit. That led to the response of awe and adoration from Nathaniel, in recognition of the God-who-sees.
Jesus Christ knowing what was in man, would not commit himself to them, after they claim to believe in him because of the signs he performs (John 2:23-25). He would only walk by the word of God.
There is nothing hidden from God; and Jesus Christ said that whatever is hidden, done in secret, will be exposed (Luke 8:17, Mark 4:22).
God asked Samuel the prophet to go to the house of Jesse and anoint the king of Israel there (1Samuel 16:1-13). On getting there, the first person presented before him was the first born- Eliab. He was a man with all the natural qualifications, he was the first born, his physical presence commands respect, and he had experience on the war front. He was presentable, respectable.
But the divine verdict, as Samuel thought he was very sure that was the choice of God was rejection, simply because God does not look on the physical appearance, as man looks and judges, but on, the heart. God chose David, who was not given a chance even by his siblings or even his father, because he was heart-qualified.
God has the ability not only to know where each one of us is, but to determine the condition of the heart. David confessed that God knows his thoughts afar off; the word of God is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). And that is key because as a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7).
God sent Jonah on errand but he decided against going (Jonah 1-3). It was very funny that Jonah, after rejecting the will of God, decided to run away from his calling by changing his physical location. He may have underestimated the reach of God, the determination to have his will actualised, and inflict punishment on the errant. There is no hiding from God; he is the one who sees, being an eternal description of who he is.
The Lord sees your labour of love (Hebrews 6:10), he is fully aware of all your activities for his name sake. And he said he is coming soon with his reward with him to give to everyman according to his works (Revelation 22:12). Everything is bare before the one with whom we have to do; there can be no gainsaying with him since he knows the secrets of the heart, there is no escaping his searchlight.
The Lord used Prophet Elisha in mighty ways. The Syrian king wondered who tells the king of Israel his military plans against Israel (2Kings 6:8-14). Eventually, he learned that Elisha, by the gift of God in his life, reveals to the King of Israel, decisions made, in his private room.
We also find Elisha expressing such Godlike features of seeing into what is secretly, done in another instance. His servant Gehazi had a love of material possession. Elisha, the man of God, refused to receive some stuffs from Naaman the Syrian general after he was healed through his ministry (2Kings 5:1-27). But Gehazi followed Naaman, as the entourage of the general was leaving the town to collect some things for him.
When Gehazi came back acting as if he had done nothing wrong, Elisha said he knew what happened because his spirit went along with Gehazi. That is the expression of knowledge beyond the limit of geography or gravity.
These manifestations are called the word of knowledge in the New Testament (1Corinthians 12:1-10). It is such a beautiful and powerful thing to express of the word of knowledge. We see that same gift manifest in the life of Jesus as he spoke with the Samaritan woman (John 4:1-42). The word of knowledge he had about her was the key that unlocked her heart to embrace Christ and in turn the whole city too. Jesus asked her to go call her husband, and she answered that she does not have a husband. Jesus then said by the word of knowledge that she was correct, saying that she does not have a husband and she has had five husbands.
There are other gifts of the spirit that are the manifestation of the Lord-who-sees. They are the discernment of spirits and the word of wisdom.
It takes the gift of the discernment of spirits to recognise demonic spirits and cast them out, for the benefit of others. Jesus Christ recognised the activity of a deaf and dumb spirit in a child brought to him by his father and he cast it out (Mark 9:14-29).
The word of wisdom has to do with the predictive word of God. We see that exhibited in Christ as he spoke of the tearing down of the prestigious temple in Jerusalem (Mark 13:1-10).
All these dimensions of the Lord-who-sees are to be exhibited by us through the manifestation of the gifts of the spirit. Break the limit of your mind, of what you think is possible with you, the “Lord who sees” who is in you wants to be expressed.
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- Bible Study #12 (theforgottenbattle.wordpress.com)
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- The Imitation of Christ (brakeman1.com)
- The Look (kesskessler.wordpress.com)
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- No More Condemnation – Romans 8:1 (ruthlsnyder.com)
- Joey LeTourneau: Recognizing God’s Manger Strategy: Birthing His Promises and Purposes (soundofheavenblog.wordpress.com)