Devotions By Jan


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Scripture for Today:  II Chronicles 16:9a “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him…”

It is not a very comfortable feeling to know you are being watched.  The Los Angeles Police Department just acquired two drones which could provide much more information than a helicopter.  Some are equipped with facial recognition software, infrared technology and even speakers capable of monitoring personal conversations.  Drone use can be thought of as negative in war, espionage, and law enforcement.  But they can also be used in research, tornado prediction and the search for survivors.  Of course, a lot of the controversy surrounds privacy issues.

Our verse for today describes another kind of surveillance.  The eyes of the Lord are looking throughout the earth.  For what is He looking?  He is looking for hearts that are fully committed to Him, to strengthen them.  The context is war, and though the people were outnumbered in horses and chariots, God saw their hearts and that they relied on Him.  Because of that, He strengthened them and gave them victory.

God’s eyes are watching me to see if my heart is fully His.  His surveillance is not to punish me but to strengthen my resolve.  That is a surveillance I welcome.  But there are other eyes watching too.  My enemy the devil is prowling around like a lion, looking and looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8)  He is looking for the weak and uncommitted heart.  That kind of surveillance is unwelcomed, to say the least.  But as my heart belongs fully to the Lord, I do not have to worry about that pair of eyes.  God has already secured the victory for me!

Thank you Lord, that You are my El Roi, the God Who Sees!

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