Athlete, God Sees You
Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
The eyes of the LORD are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
If you are any kind of athlete, coach or competitor, you know you have made someone’s scouting report at some point … perhaps even every game, year after year. Yet, to be frank, at other times, in other circles in life, you are anonymous, way less recognized and distinguished than you think.
Just like with social media, you can think you are known but often feel unnoticed and alone.
God is like the best of coaches. With Him, everyone is noticed, everyone is coached. Everyone makes His scouting report and always will. He really sees.
He’s wise enough to note in us what brings great value, what’s working and what needs repair, what’s mature and what needs improvement in our “game.” He’s talented enough to take in a ton of limitless details, if necessary.
And He’s relentlessly caring and committed enough to process it all and make good. There’s no fooling Him either. He sees too well.
Five truths emerge from today’s Scripture that are sure to bring 20/20 vision to all who have eyes to see. Note this good stuff, and be encouraged with me.
- GOD SEES WAY MORE THAN I THINK. His eyes are everywhere. So never underestimate the range of His awareness. He even sees in the dark (So there’s no use hiding!).
He sees into the depths of the human heart. He sees our dreams, imaginations, motives and more. It is foolish of us to think that He sees less (1 Chronicles 16:9, Psalm 139).
- NOTHING ESCAPES GOD’S ATTENTION. He doesn’t miss a thing. He never slumbers or sleeps, so there are never moments when He doesn’t keep watch. He’s the best of sentries.
And if nothing escapes His attention, then He knows our needs … all of them … and is committed to meeting them (2 Chronicles 7:15, 1 Peter 3:12, Psalm 121:4, Philippians 4:19).
- GOD HAS ACTIVE EYES. Like a good coach, He sees with purpose. He never becomes passive or indifferent about what He sees. What He sees moves Him to respond.
He sees so as to guide and counsel, judge and reward, evaluate and encourage. He doesn’t overlook wickedness, and He always notes the good even when others don’t.
He keeps perfect score in life because He watches well. (Read Psalm 10. It will do you good.)
- I ALWAYS HAVE GOD’S GAZE. If God sees everywhere, then He must see me. And just like us, He loves noticing what He’s made.
It always catches His attention. “His eye is always on the righteous” (those made righteous) — Psalm 34:15. He watches over our every move, both now and forevermore (Psalm 121:8).
What a precious thought!
- YOU, GOD, SEE ME! God’s seeing always gets personal. He zooms in on each one, wanting to be the most beautiful part of everyone’s story (Genesis 16:13, Jeremiah 12:3, Psalm 139:16). None of us are anonymous. All of us are known … and loved.
Yes, God really sees, knows, cares. And this makes all the difference in the world.
Reflect: Which of the lines above moves you deeply and encourages you? Which truth might need to be embraced more deeply?
A prayer to consider: Heavenly Father, Your eyes are so good and so committed to all that You have made. I love the ways You see. You know me fully … yet love me still. Thank You for seeing me so well.
Keep showing me what You want me to see in myself and certainly in this world. Don’t let me hide, thinking that this actually works with You.
I need Your eyes, Your gaze, Your truth and grace, Your counsel and coaching. Above all, I would see Jesus. Help me live confident in this Light. Be, Thou, my vision too. Amen.