Words from the Heart for Wednesday January 18th, 2017
The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord is on his throne in heaven. He watches everyone on earth. His eyes study them.
Psalm 11:4 (NIRV)
He Watches Everyone
The Lord really is in charge. He is the One seated on the throne. He is not far away and separated from us. Even though He makes His throne in heaven, He is able to see everything and everyone. It is very reassuring to know that He has His eyes on us to help and guide us. How does this truth affect the way we pray?
If you live on or are planning to visit Canada’s west coast, and want to see whales, I would suggest you visit the Robson Bight Ecological Reserve in Telegraph Cove. Located five hours north of Nanaimo, this is the country’s only sanctuary for orcas, or as they’re more commonly known, killer whales. To protect the population of orcas that are drawn to the region’s salmon and pebble-strewn “rubbing” beaches, the reserve itself is closed to boat traffic—and in fact, it publishes research about the dangers of boat noise to the whale population. To keep your visit as eco-friendly as possible, consider working with a local kayaking outfitter—not only will your tour be silent and orca-friendly, but you’ll get much closer to the whales. (And don’t worry—they’re really only “killer” whales if you’re a leopard seal or a salmon.)
God doesn’t miss a thing. For those who are doing evil, this can be a terrifying thought. Everything that they think they are getting away with, God sees. I heard the story of a little boy who was with his dad and the father decided to pick an apple off a farmer’s tree without paying for it. The dad looked to the left and right, and not seeing anyone, he started to reach for the apple. Just as he was about to pick it, his son said “Dad, you forgot to look up.” God sees everything. This thought not only should bring terror to those doing evil, but it should also bring comfort to those who are hurting. Psalm 11:4 says “The Lord is in his holy temple. The Lord is on his throne in heaven. He watches everyone on earth. His eyes study them.” God is in His holy Temple, on His throne in heaven. That is a picture of the King of the Universe watching over His creation. He is the judge of all. But on those who are hurting and in need of His grace, He watches with love and compassion. He not only sees the sin and injustice in the world, He sees the great need of the human heart for liberty from sin and the power to live a life that honours Him. What does God see when He looks into your heart?
These have been words from the heart.