For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
The New International Version (NIV) translates the end of the verse to say God gives strong support to those who are fully committed to Him. The New American Standard (NASB) translates it as ‘He strongly supports those whose heart is completely His.” Now you may be able to get a better picture of what this verse is telling us. God’s eyes range all over the earth to see and to give aid to us, His children.
Hebrews 4:13 reads, “There is no creature hidden from the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.” You put 2 Chronicles 16:9 on one side of the see saw, and Hebrews 4:13 on the other and you have the good and bad side of God seeing everything. In 2 Chronicles it rings like a promise and in Hebrews more like a warning.
Let me take the promise side first. Sometimes you may be struggling with something that no one knows about, or that you can’t put words to. You might think you’re all alone. But take heart, you’re not. God sees and He knows. Jeremy Camp has a song about this, entitled “He Knows.” Here are some of the lyrics:
All the bitter weary ways; Endless striving day by day; You barely have the strength to pray; In the valley low; And how hard your fight has been; How deep the pain within; Wounds that no one else has seen; Hurts too much to show
He knows He knows; Every hurt and every sting; He has walked the suffering; Let your burdens come undone; Lift your eyes up to the one; Who knows He knows, He knows
That’s good news. God sees that your heart is fully committed to Him and when you are crying out to Him for help and support. And He sends help. It may come in the form of another person, or simply the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to handle the burden.
The flip side of that is that God sees us when we think no one else does when we are trying to get away with something. And we have to give an account of it before God. Hmm. What will that look like? Will God review our lives like game film? Will it just be with us, or will everyone see? Either way, let it be a motivation to live carefully, not recklessly.
Remember that Bette Midler song that said, “God is watching us from a distance.”? He watches us with a telescope, a periscope and a microscope. He knows us inside and out. And He strongly supports those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.