“But God understands the way to wisdom, and He knows its location.
For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
When God fixed the weight of the wind and limited the water by measure,
when He established a limit for the rain and a path for the lightning,
He considered wisdom and evaluated it; He established it and examined it.
He said to mankind, ‘The fear of the Lord is this: wisdom.
And to turn from evil is understanding.'”
God Sees Everything
Every time I take a spiritual gifts test, I’m discouraged to see mercy at the very bottom of my list. Though our heavenly Father is equally just and merciful, I’m much more weighted to the justice side of things. If I’m not careful (and sometimes even if I am), I get all wrapped up in fairness. I long for a world that’s fair and when it inevitably is not, I strive to make it so — explaining the circumstances and the reasons behind a situation, detailing how hard I worked or how much I cared or how badly it hurt.
Don’t you understand? Don’t you see? I ask these questions and more, begging for mercy but calling it justice — all the while, God is giving me (and each of us) that mercy I need so desperately when He says, “Yes. I see you. I see it all. I know what happened, and I was with you the whole time. I am with you now, and I love you. I see you, I know you, and I will never stop loving you.”
I need only to stop explaining and start listening, to stop justifying and start believing.
When we feel overlooked, misunderstood? He sees us. He understands.
When we don’t understand our circumstances or see a clear path? He sees the whole picture.
When we don’t know how to put our hearts and our hurts into words? He hears us anyway.
When we don’t even know what to ask for, what could possibly help? He knows and He answers.
No person can balance justice and mercy, or fathom complete knowledge of both details and the big picture. But God can. He can and He does. He sees everything and understands everything, so we don’t have to. We simply need to turn to Him.
Here at (in)courage, one of our greatest privileges is turning to God together, lifting up the spoken and unspoken needs of our sisters. Today, please leave a prayer request in the comments and then pray for the person who commented before you. Let us turn to the God who sees and knows everything, and loves us through it all.