Does God See Us All the Time?
God knows and sees everything (1 John 3:20). Because He is Omniscient, He can see everyone at the same time. Omniscience is defined as “the state of having total knowledge, the quality of knowing everything.” Solomon, in describing the Lord’s character, said, “For you, you only, know the hearts of all the children of mankind” (1 Kings 8:39).
From the very beginning of our existence, the Lord sees us in the womb according to Psalm 139:1-3, 15-16). This Psalm talks about the Creator’s omniscience and omnipresence. The author recognizes Him as present everywhere, One who is not only all-powerful, but also all-knowing, One who has created man and One whose presence man cannot runaway from.
The Lord also sees the beginning and the end (Isaiah 46:9-10). He has supreme authority and power (Isaiah 14:24; 43:13). History doesn’t happen by chance (Daniel 4:17). The Lord has a purpose for the world, and that purpose will succeed (Isaiah 45:18, 19). Regardless of what may be the purpose of the devil and what destruction he may accomplish by sin, the Lord’s first plan will be done. The fall of man has delayed the accomplishment of the divine purpose, but though delayed for a time, it will finally be achieved.
Nothing Is Hid From the Lord
When Jesus was on earth, He saw Nathanael and heard his prayer before He met him. “Nathanael said to Him, ‘How do You know me?’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you’” (John 1:48).
Not only can the Lord see the heart, He can also hear us when we speak. The Psalmist declares, “For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether” (Psalm 139:4). Everything is open and transparent before the Almighty. Through Jesus’ omniscience, He was able to read the thoughts of his audience (Matthew 9:4; 12:25; Mark 2:6-8; 12:15; Luke 6:8; 9:47; 11:17; John 4:16–19; 8:7–9).
For this reason, the apostles believed that Christ is divine and declared that He is the one that knows “the hearts of all” (Acts 1:24). The Lord doesn’t look at the outward things; He “does not see as man sees… but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
The Creator not only sees and hears us but He also knows everything about us, including the number of our hairs (Matthew 10:30). This is not just true for humans but for all His creation, He knows and sees every sparrow that falls (Matthew 10:29). If He takes notice of the injury or death of a sparrow, how much more must the hurt or death of His own children mean to Him!
The Lord Wants to Reveal His Love to Man
There is nothing that is hid from the Lord and He is eager to reveal to humans His love through the words of the Bible. When the Lord foresaw the fall of the human race, He planned a way of redemption. He planned that His innocent Son would leave heaven, be born as a man, and die for the sins of fallen men. For the heavenly Father so “loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Through the heavenly Father’s gift of love, it becomes possible for men to be called His sons (1 John 3:1). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Although the Father’s love engulfs all humanity, it directly benefits only those who accept it (John 1:12). So, let us receive Him as Lord and Savior.
In His service,