Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts” (Psalm 139:23).
READ: Psalm 139:23-24
“And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them” (Ex 2:25). Just as we look and see things, so also does God. God sees everything, everywhere, every time. God’s eyes are unlike man’s eyes. Our view is limited by scope, depth and clarity. Our eyes cannot see beyond physical objects such as bags, containers, walls, metal substances, etc. Due to technological advancement however, it is possible to see in the dark through night vision googles, and to see through bags and containers using x-ray machines, metal detectors, etc. God’s view is unlimited. A brother who was privileged to visit Heaven said that when Jesus looks at you, He looks right through you and is seeing the whole world at the same time. One look from God captures all activities done by everybody in every family, community, state, country and continent. Darkness and the four walls of an apartment cannot obstruct anything from Him. It is unfortunate that men have reduced God’s view to man’s, hence, they device various ways of covering up their evils. What can you do to truly hide something from God’s glare?
“Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known” (Mt 10:26). Every cover up has an expiry date. There is nothing that can be hidden from God’s prying, all-seeing eyes. Is it works or actions? Revelation 22:12 says Jesus will reward everyone according to their works. Everything you do is seen and recorded. Both good and evil deeds are known to God and recorded for appropriate heavenly response at the right time. God does not need a human witness to testify in Heaven’s court whether a particular offence was committed or not. He has put angels on that beat. Is it thoughts? Luke 2:35 talks of thoughts being revealed. No wonder David asked God to search him to discover the contents of his heart and thoughts as seen in today’s passage. When God looks at you, everything in your heart is exposed to Him. Knowing therefore that you cannot hide from Him, keep away from any action or thought that can get you into trouble. Ensure your thoughts are always pure and God-glorifying (Phil 4:8). Ask God to search your heart and thoughts so as to make you conform to His expectations. Are you covering a wrong deed or thought? Repent and expose it today so as to avoid a greater shame and judgment tomorrow.
The one who covers up an evil, thinking he is smart, will later realize it was better if he had opened up. What are you covering up? Pray: ‘Father, sanctify my thoughts and my imaginations. Cleanse me inside out.’
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