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The One True God is All-seeing and All-hearing

Day Twenty-One
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God sees all things, and hears everything. Since God is eternal, always present, all-knowing, and all-powerful, then of course He sees and hears everything. God sees and hears what is happening now, but He has also seen and heard everything in the past, and will in the future. (Exodus 3:7; Jeremiah 29:11)

And the Egyptians treated us harshly...and imposed hard labor on us. Then we cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand... Deuteronomy 26:6-8 NASB®

God sees our heart. As God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:7,

'Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." NASB®

God looks at a person's heart; whereas we tend to look at the outward appearance of a person only. I have certainly judged people by their outward appearance. Have you? The heart generally means the mind. We could say, God sees and hears our thoughts, reasonings, understandings, will, desires, and motives (Jeremiah 17:10). The inclination of our hearts and minds can be very evil (Jeremiah 17:9; Ephesians 2:1-3). However, God cleanses and changes our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Ezekiel 11:19-20; Hebrews 10:10,19-22). Isn't it a relief to know our conscience can be right before God and not guilty?

Have you ever thought you had godly motives but then God showed you, otherwise? (Psalm 7:9) For example: You were helping your elderly neighbor with her yard, thinking you were just being kind. But then God showed you that you were really doing it so she would put you in her Will. We can lie to others but not to God. He sees our true motives, and then praises accordingly.

Therefore do not go on passing judgment before the time, but wait until the Lord comes who will both bring to light the things hidden in the darkness and disclose the motives of men's hearts; and then each man's praise will come to him from God. 1 Corinthians 4:5 NASB®

God watches over you, and hears your every cry for help. (Psalm 18:6) Twelve days after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a man was miraculously found alive beneath the concrete and wood of a hotel grocery. He survived by diving under a table when the ceiling started to fall. He said, "It was God who heard my cry for help. He watched over me and was tucking me away in His arms. He gave me strength!"

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles...For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, and He watches all his paths...The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good...says God the LORD...I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you... Psalm 34:17; Proverbs 5:21, 15:3; Isaiah 42:5-6 NASB®

Since God sees and hears all things, doesn't that encourage you to literally cry to Him? It does me!


Life Application:

God is called the God who sees and hears by a mistreated slave in chapter 16. Have you ever been mistreated by people who had authority over you? I have been. Well that's what happened to the slave Hagar. She was mistreated by Abram (Abraham) and Sarai (Sarah). God saw and heard Hagar's affliction, protected her, and blessed her and her descendants. God told Hagar to name her son, Ishmael, which means God hears. The spring of water where she met God was named the well of the living One who sees. Read Genesis 16.

This Bible story gives us a lot of insight into God's characteristics. What are your insights about God from this story?

How does knowing God sees and hears all things influence your life?

God hears our every prayer like He heard Hagar's. Prayerfully think back and write down a prayer of yours that God answered. Yesterday morning on my walk, I asked God to help me set up a number of doctors appointments. (If you have ever made appointments you know it takes a lot of time, because invariably you get put on hold. It can be very frustrating.) That day in the mail, I received a schedule of all my husband's and my appointments which I wasn't expecting. Not really a miracle, but a huge blessing from God!

Ask God to search your thoughts and motives for any sin in your life. Read Psalm 139:23-24; Proverbs 15:3. If there is sin, confess it and ask God to stop it. Remember, He will hear you (Psalm 32:3-5; 1 John 1:9). I prayerfully search my thoughts and motives constantly so I can be right with God. Do you?


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