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From God’s viewpoint

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. – 2 Chronicles 16:9

Astronaut Jack Lousma described how earth looks from space. He wrote: "With the naked eye we could see freeways, airports, and cities . . . white clouds and the snow on the mountains. We could see the green-and-brown patchwork of the farmers’ fields and the beautifully painted deserts . . . When we were over Chicago, we could see most of Hudson Bay . . . , Washington, DC, and Baltimore. We could see two-thirds of the way down the Mississippi River and out of Denver."

What intrigues me about this amazing out-of-this-world vantage point is its vast range yet intricate detail. It reminds me of God’s perspective of His universe and of the inner world of each of His children. The Bible says that the "eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth" (2 Chronicles 16:9). Even more striking is the fact that He knows all about us – even our secret thoughts! (Psalm 139:1-4).

Two conclusions can be drawn from these verses. We can never drift outside the range of His loving care, and we can never hide from His holiness. This both reassures us and unsettles us, for it’s a love that never lets us go, nor does it let us get away with any wrong. And there is no greater love than that. – Dennis J. De Haan

We cannot fully know God’s greatness,

Wisdom, power, and care;

But it’s enough to know that He

In love hears every prayer. – Hess

READ: 2 Chronicles 16:1-9

Because the Lord is watching over us, we don’t have to fear the dangers around us.

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