Sunday, October 18, 2009

Comfort in God's Omnipresence

The eyes of the LORD are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
Proverbs 15:3 ESV
God keeping his eye on everything ALL the time, rather than being something that evokes shame or fear, should, in fact, give the believer great comfort.

Conventional wisdom often says that God is not concerned about minutiae such as the details of our lives that cause us worry or anxiety. "Certainly, God has bigger things to deal with than a little squabble you might have with a coworker," is an example of this sort of wisdom. It is often used as a discouragement to praying for godly solutions to everyday issues in life.

The trouble with this mindset is that it wrongly encourages us to seek solutions apart from God, utilizing our own wisdom, or in many cases the advice of others, and it discourages us from taking our troubles before the Lord God. Needless to say, what this does to one's personal faith can be devastating.

In time, it erodes a life of prayer by encouraging radical self-reliance. While personal strength, wisdom, intelligence, and courage are admirable for people of faith, radical self-reliance represents a heart of unbelief.

Then, what is the "happy medium" for those who would pray?

We should keep in mind one of the teachings of Jesus:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Matthew 10:29-31 ESV
It is not that we should pray about every single decision in life (which shirt to put on, what to cook for dinner, etc.), but that we should be aware that there is nothing that we face, or think, that is outside the view of God's eyes.

A person who prays regularly and devotes himself to growing in faith will recognize those decisions and situations for which specific prayer should be made to God. For those who would not want to "trouble" God, I ask, just how much trouble is it to one who keeps account of every sparrow and the hairs of every head of every person who has ever lived?

In an effort not to "trouble" God, we should always keep foremost in our minds, there is nothing that God has not already seen, nothing at all. The more we are aware of this, the less likely we are to consider anything to be trivial with God, much less those things which trouble our hearts.

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