I called for the kids to come inside and get cleaned up for dinner. They ignored me as if I wasn’t standing on the porch. I called several times and huffed a sigh.
A moment later, my husband pulled up to the house. The kids immediately gravitated towards him clamoring for attention.
I felt invisible at that moment. No one cared that I kept a clean home, cleaned the dishes in the sink, or paired what seemed like millions of socks. Suddenly being a mom wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
At that moment though, I sensed God whisper to my spirit, “Daughter, I see you.” It blew my mind. Doesn’t God have better things to do like keeping world peace than talking to a mom in the middle of the midlands about how He sees me matching socks?
Do you ever feel that way? Do you question whether or not God sees you or sees everything you do?
Does God Really See Everything?
God has a lot of names. He is Elohim — the Creator, He is Yahweh — He Who Makes That Which Has Been Made. He is Abba — Father and He is El Roi — The God Who Sees Me.
That’s right, one of the names given to God is “The God Who Sees Me.” We aren’t the only ones who question whether or not God sees us.
Thousands of years ago, He revealed Himself to a slave girl by the name of Hagar. She was an Egyptian servant for a barren woman named Sarah.
As the story goes, Sarah could not get pregnant on her own. In those days, when a wife was barren, it was common for the wife to give a servant to her husband in order to produce an heir.
Even though the child would have been birthed by a servant, the child would have been raised by the wife, like Sarah.
But because we were meant to be in monogamous relationships, Sarah grew jealous and resentful of Hagar. Therefore, she mistreated her. This doesn’t excuse her actions though. Later, in the story, Hagar had enough of Sarah’s abuse and ran away into the desert. But God saw her.
He knew her pain, her thoughts, and her actions. He was and is the God who cares, even with the little things because everything is little compared to God. Luke 12:7 reminds us, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Genesis 16:13 tells us what happened next with Hagar. The Lord sent an angel to encourage Hagar and then we find these words: “Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, ‘You are the God who sees me.’ She also said, ‘Have I truly seen the One who sees me?’”
If God cared to see a slave girl in her suffering, don’t you think He sees everything about you too? Throughout the Bible, we see that God is interested in every detail of our lives. He cares about every aspect of our lives because we are His creation, and we were made in His image.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:16).
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. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars (2 Chronicles 16:9).
The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man (Psalm 33:13).
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3).
“Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 16:17).
And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account (Hebrews 4:13).
These are just a few of the passages in the Bible that tells us, we are loved and seen by our Abba Father, who sees everything. How is this possible?
What Does the Bible Say about God Seeing Everything?
God is Omnipresent. Its literal definition is that God is present everywhere. Though the word Omnipresent isn’t in the Bible, the word was coined in the 1600’s in Latin.
Because He is everywhere at once, this means He does see everything. It also means we are never alone.
So, what does this mean for you and me?
- It means God knows the secrets you never told.
- It means He sees everything you’ve ever done or will do in secret.
- He knows where Pi ends and where you left your phone.
- He knows the number of hairs on your head.
- He knows the hidden scars, dreams, and hopes you carry too.
This means God is the One who has perfect knowledge (Job 37:16) and this knowledge extends from the past, to the present, and future. This is because He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 21:6).
How Should We React to the God Who Sees Everything?
Doesn’t it make you feel comforted and joyful to know that God sees, hears, and knows everything about your life and also the future of this world too? Does it make you feel good to know absolutely nothing is hidden from Him?
Our mighty God is not blind to suffering or the evil in this world. He is there in the midst of it all. He is comforting those who need comfort and ready to hold everyone accountable for their sins at the end of their lives.
Romans 14:11-12 says, “It is written: ‘As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.”
This means we should be humbled that God cares so much about the little details of our lives. We should strive to live in obedience to Him.
This means taking our thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. We should also be aware of our words and actions so both reflect the love of Christ.
Take comfort in Psalm 139:17-18, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them, Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I am awake, I am still with you.”
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Heather Riggleman is an author, national speaker, former award-winning journalist and podcast co-host of the Moms Together Podcast. She calls Nebraska home with her three kids and a husband of 21 years. She believes Jazzercise, Jesus, and tacos can fix anything and not necessarily in that order! She is author of I Call Him By Name Bible Study, the Bold Truths Prayer Journal, Mama Needs a Time Out, and Let’s Talk About Prayer and a contributor to several books. Her work has been featured on Proverbs 31 Ministries, MOPS, Today's Christian Woman, and Focus On the Family. You can find her at www.heatherriggleman.com or on Facebook.