The Presence of God

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open unto their cry.” ~ Psalms 34:15

Have you ever wondered where God is on days when it seems everything is going wrong? I know that there are some days when it seems that God is ignoring us or that He has left us to reap the benefits of our own sinfulness. But if you believe the Bible then you have to believe that God’s eyes are on us and that He is paying attention to our unique set of circumstances. He not only sees us, but He is also listening. We are under constant surveillance by the God of the Universe.

Job was aware of God’s constant surveillance when He wrote: “Doth not He see my ways, and count all my steps?” (Job 34:21, KJV) He answers his own question by stating “For His eyes are upon the ways of men, and seeth all his goings” (Job 34:21). The writer of the book of Hebrews states clearly: “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).

Not only does God see all things that happen to us, but he also knows all things:“For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and knoweth all things” (1 John 3:20). The Psalms tell us: “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite” (Psalms 147:5).

In these verses of scripture we learn that God is watching and knows all things with infinite understanding. Whenever we have a problem in our daily life, we can rest assured that God is aware of what is happening and has a solution to our problem. If God allows something to happen, then we can know that He has a purpose for letting it happen. If God created the universe in all of its complexity and mystery, then how can He be confused by our problems? We simply have to trust that God knows what He is doing.

The eyes of the Lord are on the Righteous, but His ears are also open to their cry. God is more than willing to listen to us when we cry out to him in our pain. He wouldn’t have it any other way. He wants us to call to him. He even commands it through the prophet Jeremiah: “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”(Jeremiah 33:3). Since God has all the answers, it makes perfect sense for us to turn to Him who is the source of all wisdom and power. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah about how eager he is to hear our prayers: “And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).

When we stop to ponder the truthfulness of these verse of scripture, we catch a glimpse of the type of relationship God desires to have with each of us. God hurts when we hurt and cries when we cry (Isaiah 63:9). In His wisdom, He must allow evil to run its course. He must permit bad things to happen. But He is on our side and promises to give us the peace that surpasses all understanding when we call upon Him in prayer: “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let our requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Apostle Peter quoted directly from Psalms 34:15 when he stated “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers” (1 Peter 3:12). It is comforting to know that God is always watching, and that He hears me when I cry out to him in my suffering. I know when I pray that God is listening to me. He is eager to grant me the peace of heart that comes only from the knowledge of His presence.

~Stephen Beagles

The Invitation

I bow before the throne of grace
I don’t deserve to see His face
He wraps me in His kingly robes
He puts His crown upon my head
“My child,” He said, “I took your place!
Your debt is gone, your sin erased
I paid your price, My blood was shed
Now sit and eat my bread, and drink my wine!”
I glanced into a face like mine
His presence sparkled royal, sublime;
The voice of God broke forth divine–
“Welcome to eternity with me!”

~Stephen Beagles

God of the Universe

You are my God, I place my trust in you
Creator of the Universe Divine
There is nothing that you cannot do
You cause the rain to fall, the sun to shine.
You paint the flower and make the water wet
You cause the seeds to grow and birds to sing
I need not trust in charms and amulets
The universe is yours my God and King.
You did not cause the pain on planet earth
Free will allowed the evil one to reign
We enter a sick world the day of birth
One day your love will make things perfect again.
There is no power higher than your throne
You are eternal God, and you alone.

~Stephen Beagles

The Cross and Resurrection

Without the cross there would be no resurrection story; without forgiveness there is no cleansing. Thank God that the lamb of God died, so that we might live an eternal life in heaven. The resurrection of Jesus is proof that God’s holiness was satisfied by the Father pouring divine wrath against sin on Jesus at the cross. Forgiveness and mercy are now available for all who place their trust in Jesus for salvation.

~Stephen Beagles

Sacred Warriors

Sacred warriors fight for what is right,
With God given strength and awesome might;
Fearlessly they walk this sin-filled land,
Disrupting evil forces dark at hand.
Making light of all that’s good and true,
They stand among the earth’s most precious few;
Raging through the darkness with a fury born of God,
They plunder satan’s army and upon his kingdom trod.

~Stephen Beagles

"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." ~ 1 Cor 2:2