There are times when I wonder how God views mankind as He surveys all of our activities. It seems to me that since He is an emotional God, we may very well be breaking His heart much of the time. Then some of the choices we make may cause Him to simply ponder what we are doing.
“For the ways of man [are] before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.” (Proverbs 5:21)
Of course much of our conduct is hidden from Him by the clouds, right? And surely He cannot watch us in the dead of night.
“The eyes of the LORD [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
“For his eyes [are] upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.” (Job 34:21)
Well, what if we leave town? He’s far too busy to follow us around wherever we go, isn’t He?
“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
What might God spend much of His time “pondering”? It could be that the answer can be found in the first chapter of the book of Romans. In verses 21 and 22, it says,
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”
These verses describe those that although they were aware of God’s existence, they chose to live in denial. They made a choice to turn their back on the source of all of their blessings as well as the One who had given them the gift of life. “Their thinking became futile;” and was in vain since it was contrary to God’s will. Then, because of this, the lights went out! “Their foolish hearts were darkened.” It was at that point that they cast out all their faith in God and pride took them over. What immediately followed was inevitable. “Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.”
Of this, Matthew Henry wrote, “As a profession of wisdom is an aggravation of folly, so a proud conceit of wisdom is the cause of a great deal of folly.” And so it has been for thousands of years, but never more so than today. It seems that the majority of mankind has chosen to turn its back on God and live a prideful, selfish existence on its way to hell.
Is there hope? Until one takes that last breath, our loving and gracious God offers hope to all that would but repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is He (Jesus) and He alone who is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (Him) (John 14:6)
The Savior is waiting to enter your heart
Why don’t you let Him come in?
There’s nothing in this world to keep you apart
What is your answer to Him? *
*Lyrics by Ralph Carmichael