When was the last time you considered just how loved you are by the Lord God Omnipotent? Well, today I offer a word of unimaginable comfort: Look up . . . your God is looking down upon you at this very moment.
From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do. . . .The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.
(Psalm 33:13-15, 18-19)
If this passage doesn’t light the fire of your faith . . . your wood is wet! God is looking down from heaven, mindful of all mankind. This truth tells us that God is attending to both our spiritual and physical needs. God meets us in our place of need, moment by moment. He knows the number of hairs on our head and knows exactly what we need, when we need it, and how we need it to be given to us.
To be sure, we do not know the distance from heaven to earth. But one thing we do know: we know we are loved on, led on, and looked on from on high. Not a moment goes by where God is not upholding us with His amazing grace.
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
One thing we must remember is the fact that God is looking down on us . . . even when we are not looking up at Him. When we are looking hither, thither, and yon at a thousand things smaller than God, He never takes His eyes off of us. When we are thinking about a thousand things other than God, He never stops thinking about us. When we are desperately desiring a thousand things lesser than God, He never stops desiring us. What a wonderful truth of comfort that is for us today! God is totally for us . . . even when we are not partly focused on Him!
The Bible is full of stories that confirm that truth. Abraham stopped looking up for a moment when He tried to pass off his wife to Pharaoh as his sister in order to save his skin, yet God never turned His gaze away from His fearful servant. Moses stopped looking up for a moment when he struck the rock in the wilderness after God instructed him to simply speak to it, yet God never turned His gaze away from His faithless servant. Peter stopped looking up for a moment on the night Jesus was betrayed. Terrified by the questioning of a lowly servant girl, Peter denied his Lord, yet God never turned His gaze away from His foolish, fearful servant. In fact, Jesus stared right at him!
The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.”
I cannot find any condemnation in this look from Jesus. Rather, it is a look of compassion and comfort for a hurting and convicted disciple. This, of course, is proven on the beach after the Christ’s resurrection, when He restored Peter with His question, “Peter do you love me?” Not once did our Lord ask, but three times, making abundantly clear to Peter that his three denials had all been washed clean by the blood of the Lamb.
If you will remember that God is continually looking down upon you from on High, you will spend more time looking up at Him.
So . . . what have you been looking at lately? What captures your attention and your affection? If it is anything smaller than God, it will always let you down.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!