The Eyes of The Lord
God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. — Psalm 53:2
If God were to look down on The United States of America at any point today, would He be pleased? I have asked a lot of people this question over the past couple of days and haven’t heard a “yes” yet. It is almost unbelievable how there is an accelerated effort to remove God from everything in our nation. I read the story of a six-year old who was told she couldn’t read the words “he prayed to God for help” on her Veterans Day paper at a school in N.C. that was about her grandfather. I read where a school in Arizona was going to take a group of children to see a performance of “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” at a church. Even though there were permission forms that had to be signed and all that, there was a group of people that cried “separation of church and state” and the trip was over. All of this happening in the same country where we say “One Nation, Under God” every morning before we start school. At least…we say it for right now.
So, this brings a good question to light: If God does look down from heaven, what is he looking for? The answer is given to us in Psalm 53:2.
First, He is looking for people who understand. Understand what? Well, in the previous verse he says that fools say in their heart “there is no god,” He says they are corrupt, vile, and that there is no one who does good. If that is true, then it seems that there is no way that God could ever be pleased by the “sons of men.” Unless…God is simply looking for people who understand this. Maybe there is a group of people that understand that sin lives inside of them and that there is no way that they can make it without Him. Maybe God is simply looking for people who understand and recognize that we need Him. So often, I have tried to “do better” or “be better” with horrendous results. Who knew that I had it all wrong? God did! He isn’t looking for my masterful performance in life. He simply wants me to understand that without Him there is no Heaven, there is no forgiveness for sin, there is no presence of the Lord in and on my life.
Second, He is looking for people who seek Him. It seems natural that if we understand that we need Him, we would spend some time seeking Him. He was so cool to us that He had 66 different books survive for thousands of years. Those books were combined into a collection we know as the Holy Bible. Within those pages are the words to life…and life more abundantly. If we would only spend our lives reading it and applying it. If we would only spend time in prayer waiting to hear His voice.
I think this is wonderful. This totally takes the pressure off to perform for God. I don’t have to “try harder” to “be a better person” or anything like that. I simply have to understand that I need Him. Then, because of that understanding, I have to seek after Him.
I can do that!