September 27, 2012 by Stacy McDonald

God Sees

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He numbers my wanderings—He watches, records, and walks with me. He always has, even though it hasn’t always seemed like it at the time. And He always will. He even remembers the things that He, in His mercy, caused me to forget. He has seen it all. God never sleeps. So many times I thought I suffered alone, feeling like nobody cared—nobody understood. But, He was there – storing and counting my tears.

You number my wanderings;
Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? – Psalm 56:8

Why is it we’re rarely told that God orchestrates our lives according to His will? Who can find comfort in a god who sits wringing his hands in despair while we suffer—powerless to do anything?

Jeremiah describes God’s power for us in Lamentations chapter 3:

“Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that woe and well-being proceed?”

Yes, He is in control of our lives…even the painful parts. He knows us intimately—and He knows our suffering the same way. Yet, he allows the “woe and the well-being” to occur in our lives for our good and for His ultimate glory. Coming to terms with that fact is comforting and, for me, reassuring. Though He takes no joy in our affliction, He is in control. And knowing that our pain isn’t wasted provides healing, somehow—knowing that He uses it all for His glory gives our trials purpose and meaning. It even makes it worth it.

“Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He does not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.” – (Lamentations 3:32-33)

If you’re in the midst of a trial right now, remember, the God who commands the storm will calm it in His own time, once its purpose is fulfilled. And He will reach out His hand to save you when you cry out—even if it’s to sustain you through the physical storm, by calming the tempest in your soul.

“All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

May the God of the universe carry you, heal your hurts, redeem your past, and be glorified in you for many generations to come!

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11–13)

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10 Responses to “God Sees”

  1. Lori says:

    I am lead to unsubscribe from your blog because of your perpetuation of this false doctrine of extreme sovereignty. Our Father gave man authority here on earth, man gave it away when he chose to turn from God’s goodness in the garden, but Jesus Christ overcame the world, and if we are believers…if we are in Him…then we are overcomers also. This doctrine that is so prevalent in our society that God controls our every move, our every experience, is so harmful to the body of Christ. God doesn’t get any glory out of the suffering of His children…would you? I find it hard to believe that this kind of thinking is accepted by rational beings. If a man was accused of the horrible things that God is accused of by His very own children, everyone would demand that he be punished. If we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more does our great and merciful and loving Father. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness…let’s stop blaming Him for everything that goes wrong in our lives. All of God’s blessings are yours in Christ Jesus. With live for Him, I respectfully remove myself from your mailings. Thank holy and bless you.

  2. Stacy McDonald says:

    Dearest Lori,

    You are giving the devil too much power. God’s Word is sure; He is all powerful. His hand is not stayed by wickedness. Read Job. You can be sure that God is in control and is sanctifying us day by day through trials, temptations, and even suffering. He is not the author of sin, but He orchestrates our steps in the midst of it all for our ultimate good and for His glory.

  3. @ Lori
    Also, Mrs Stacy is not blaming God for trials, rather (I believe) stating that in His soveriegnty He ALLOWS them to “work all things for good to them that love the LORD”. God receives glory when, when we suffer and TRUST HIM and leave the results in His hands and continue to serve Him with and from a heart of love, and the lost see that, it can often draw them to Christ, b/c as they watch us face a storm with a calm in our hearts, they realize ‘wow… she has something I want!” He is glorified THROUGH our suffering (if we respond with a trusting heart) not B/C of it. :)
    Great job and thank you Sis Stacy!

  4. Liesl says:

    Thank you so much for this timely post Stacy. It really has encouraged my heart :).
    Love in Christ

  5. D. says:

    EXACTLY what I needed right now. Thank you!!

  6. Gayle says:

    Thank you! This was a great encouragement to me today. I tell myself these same things, but it is like a healing balm to be reminded of them by a sister.

  7. Stacy McDonald says:

    “I form the light and create darkness,
    I make peace and create calamity;
    I, the LORD, do all these things.” – Isaiah 45:7

  8. Laura says:

    Too bad, Lori. You’ll be missing out on a wonderful, God-glorifying blog.

  9. Staci G says:

    Thanks for your postings. I just read this today and is exactly what I needed today. :)

  10. Jennifer says:

    Well Lori, Stacy’s explanation is great, but for some the Reformed theology causes more stress and heartache. Sometimes it depends on the person or stage of struggle.

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