I had the great privilege of playing for the absolute finest high school baseball program in the history of the State of Kentucky. Being a player for Pleasure Ridge Park and Coach Bill Miller is something I praise God for. There was something about it, however, that drove me crazy!
During the time I played, our program had several coaches and they didn’t miss anything. No matter where you were, what you were doing, someone was watching. Good or bad, Coach Miller was going to know. My teammates and I were often dumbfounded at his unsearchable knowledge of the details of our activities on and off the field, inside and outside the classroom. I suppose we resented it to some degree while we were in the program. But, looking back, it was exactly what we needed. We were prone to laziness, trouble, and not doing what we were asked to do (just like anyone that age). Coach Miller’s “omniscience” ensured that we had accountability and someone who was looking out for our best interest.
Just as a good coach knows the details of his players’ lives, the Bible tells us the same about God. “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, observing the wicked and the good” (Proverbs 15:3 HCSB). This should do several things for us. It should convict us and bring us to the sobering awareness that nothing we do can be hidden from God. It should encourage us that God never misses anything, that even the smallest details of our lives are important to Him. It should challenge us to live empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, so that we may be found blameless and holy in the Lord’s sight.
God sees you right now. Everything about you is an open book before Him. He knows you best and yet loves you most. Amazing. Our sin, though seen clearly by Him, is overwhelmed by His love and grace. Fear Him, yes, because He is holy, but love Him because He first loved you. Jesus sees who we really are and died for us anyway (see Romans 5:8).
Dear Lord, let me see myself the way you see me. Forgive me. Cleanse me. Make me new. Thank you that your grace is more powerful than my sin. In my sin, you died for me. Amazing! Amen.