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May 11, 2014


You Are A God Who Sees

Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God. 5 “Now dispatch some men to Joppa and send for a man named Simon, who is also called Peter; 6 he is staying with a tanner named Simon, whose house is by the sea.” (Acts 10:1-6)

When Sarah sent Hagar her handmaid away, the angel of the Lord found her and spoke to her of her welfare and of her son. Upon listening to the angel, her reply was: “You are a God who sees” (Genesis 16:13). There is a basic truth in this that people seem to forget or else push back into the dark recesses of the mind at times. Of course, Bible believers “know” this. “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).

Notice, also, the idea presented in Psalm 139:

“O LORD, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. 3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. 5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.” (Psalm 139:1-10).

There are many instances in Scripture that show how clearly God sees man, but perhaps none so vividly as in the case of Cornelius. In Acts 10:1-6 we can find how much God sees and knows about all of us.

We observe from the above text, that God knows your name, regardless of whether or not many people around you know it. He knew the name of this particular Roman centurion: “Cornelius!” (Acts 10:3). He knew the name of Peter and even that his name was also called Simon. (Acts 10:5). He knew the name of the tanner whose place was by the seaside (Acts 10:6). Do not get to thinking that you are just a part of the crowd—that you are an unknown. God knows even you!

God even knows where you live. He knew that Simon, the tanner lived by the seashore (Acts 10:6). He knew that Peter, who was away from home, was staying with Simon over at Joppa (Acts 10:5,6). He knew that Cornelius lived in Caesarea (Acts 10:1). Others may have difficulty in finding where we live at times, but remember that God knows every address, even the most isolated ones.

God knows where you work, too. He knew that the work place of Cornelius was at Caesarea (Acts 10:1). He knew the work place of Simon the tanner was by the seaside (Acts 10:6). He knew that Peter was away from his regular work place on a missionary tour to Joppa. He knows where each of us works also, whether it be on the farm, in the factory, in the office, in the store, or on the street. It is more difficult to do right in some work places than others, of course. But, the Lord knows that. He knew that some of His people lived and worked where Satan’s seat was: “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells” (Revelation 2:13). He even knows if our work place is an honorable one.

We observe from all of this that the Lord knows the kind of work you do. He knew Cornelius was a soldier in command (Acts 10:1). He knew that Simon was a tanner (Acts 10:6). He knows what work each of us does, whether the work is valuable or of little value. He knows if the work is honorable or shady. Some seem not to remember this.

Then, from this scene with Peter and Cornelius, we see that the Lord knows your relationship in the family. He knew Peter was only lodging with Simon and was not of his household (Acts 10:6). He knew that Cornelius had kin where he was (Acts 10:24). He knows who the head is in the home. He knows who carries his share of the load. He knows who is a problem in the home. YES, YOU, LORD SEE ME!

Indeed, God is a God who sees. Exactly what is He seeing in you and of you?

—S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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