SEEING WITH OUR FATHER’S EYES

Intro:

Even a little glimpse of Him however gotten shows us how admirable God is. In the same breath that we see His awesome goodness and perfection, we are reminded of how much less we have of these attributes. This is how God puts it in the Bible:

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9

With this understanding, I want us to consider how God sees people and situations in order to contrast it with how we do.

Drawing from some verses of the Bible, we shall attempt to answer to a certain extent the question, “What Does God See?” To bring home the relevance of this question to our own perspective, we could frame it this way: “If we had God’s eyes, what would we see? And how would we react?”

This question was first raised in my heart after I listened to Amy Grant’s song, “Father’s Eyes” written by Gary Winthur Chapman. If indeed we are God’s children, shouldn’t we have His eyes, His view on things? We certainly should!

My prayer is that through this devotion, God will help us to see and respond to people and issues as He does in Jesus’ name.

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What Does God See?

1. I have seen your faith – strength, encouragement, solution

There’s too much unbelief in the world today. Or rather there is too much belief in the wrong things. People put their confidence in money, in their looks, education, family connections, romance and so on. These things, though good, cannot save anyone. Only God can. That is why He seeks to plant faith in people’s hearts through the gospel. We should be part of that mission.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15

God honours belief in Him and His abilities. He is moved by faith to attend to the needs of His people. He pours grace upon the faithful to withstand life’s challenges. He speaks to them in their trials to uphold them and deliver them if He chooses to. Remember the confession of the three Hebrew children to King Nebuchadnezzar when he threatened to throw them into a furnace for not renouncing their faith in God.

“… our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.” – Daniel 3:17-18

True faith abides with or without immediate reward. We should understand that and not despise those who don’t seem to have visible evidence of God’s acknowledgement of their faith. Everyone’s path is not the same. Isaiah the prophet walked in the corridors of power but John the Baptist lived in the wilderness according to God’s mandate to each of them.

Therefore, we should celebrate and strengthen faith wherever we see it. When the Jews opposed Paul’s message in Corinth, this is what the Lord did and we should do likewise.

“Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.” – Acts 18:9-11

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2. I have seen your oppression by your taskmasters – advocate for and strengthen

“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” – Exodus 3:7 & 10

Seeing with God’s eyes will help us identify injustice, oppression and such like and attempt to correct them. We can never side with the oppressor for our selfish gains, nor would we be indifferent because we are not directly affected. We would offer succour and strength where it is needed.

This does not, however, mean that we should pick fights at will in the name of championing the cause of the downtrodden. It was not the day the Israelites began to suffer that God spoke about it and decided to send Moses. Timing is everything if we want to carry out our fights God’s way. We must seek His leading for the right words to speak, the right actions to take and when.

3. I have seen your labour of love – commendation and reward

“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou … hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” – Revelation 2:2-3

“I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience. …” – Revelation 2:19

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.” – Hebrews 6:10

God appreciates service and rewards it. He is not a hard taskmaster as the Egyptians in the Bible were (Exodus 1:8-14). We see this in the scriptural account of many heroes of faith, including the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. In Genesis 15:1, God told Abraham, “Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” Newer translations say the latter part means, “your reward shall be very great” and indeed it was! After a very long wait, God gave Abraham the long-expected seed, prospered him and in time multiplied his descendants as “the dust of the earth” just as He had promised (Genesis 13:16).

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In the case of David, God commended his faithfulness in shepherding his people, Israel, and built him an enduring dynasty. He perpetually chose David’s family to rule such that the Christ was born through his line.

“… David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.” – 1 Kings 15:5

“He (God )raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus” – Acts 13:22-23 (word in brackets, mine)

We should be generous with praise and reward as God is. We should never be found among those who withhold what is due to others.

“Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.” – James 5:4

4. I have seen your tears – solution, comfort and encouragement

Hezekiah was a king of Judah who loved God, but in the prime of his life, a terminal sickness befell him. He prayed and cried unto God and He sent back Isaiah the prophet to him with a message:

“Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord.” – 2 Kings 20:5

God had just told Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah that he would die from his ailment, but moved by his tears, He healed him and extended his life by 15 years (v. 16). God is soft-hearted like that. David who was often in peril for much of his adult life (from Saul’s pursuit and the wars he fought) saw God pull him out of the jaws of death repeatedly when he cried out to him. He also erred occasionally and saw God graciously forgive him as he lay in tears. And so he reminds us that:

“The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).

We should be humane, we should reconsider if we give a sentence and people implore us. We can be the voice of God to believers in distress, saluting their faith and courage while the world is mocking. We can speak words of comfort and encouragement to others who weep because of the knocks they have received in life. We should also support them in prayer. We should never join the unruly crowd that belittles and ridicules human misfortune. And when God leads us to, we can be His extended hand to bring the afflicted relief. This is part of the reason the Bible calls us God’s fellow workers (1 Corinthians 3:9).

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5. I have seen your misconduct – warning for a while, then judgment

God is a righteous God. He does not condone wrongdoing.

“Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” – Habakkuk 1:13.

Much of the Old Testament is about God sending His servants, the prophets, to warn His people to desist from their wrongdoing to prevent punishment by Him. God expects us to do the same.

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“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” – Ezekiel 33:7

Today’s religion that promises freedom without responsibility, licence in the name of grace – with no accountability required, is certainly not from God.

“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” – Romans 6:14-15

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We should, therefore, require good conduct of ourselves and our brethren in the faith. We should sound the alarm when evil is overtaking the church and we should seek restoration for those who repent. Everything should, however, be done in humility and love, knowing that we too are fallible.

Let me emphasise that those who preach unconditional love without any judgment of sin at all are removing a necessary safeguard from believers. It certainly is not how the early church was run.

“But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” – 1 Corinthians 11:32

There is a precedence in I Corinthians, chapter 5 of warnings aginst sin in the church. And judgment when the offender proves recalcitrant.

“For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.” – 1 Corinthians 5:12-13

Conclusion

Our God is good and all-knowing. His assessments of people and situations, His reactions to events and His overall disposition always leave us in awe. The points outlined as what God sees are various expressions of His love. When we see through His eyes, we’ll be able to live out the command of the Lord Jesus to love one another as He has loved us (John 15:12).

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The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible except where otherwise stated.
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Seeing with God’s eyes comes more easily when He becomes our Father. This happens when we become born again or surrender our lives to the Lord Jesus (John 1:12).
If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you may pray this short prayer:

PRAYER FOR SALVATION
Almighty God, I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. I receive the work Jesus did for me by shedding His blood for my sins. Write my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and send your Spirit to live in my heart and teach me your word. I receive the grace to live a life that honours you henceforth in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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77 thoughts on “SEEING WITH OUR FATHER’S EYES

  1. If all Christians were or are seeing things the way God does, we would’t have much of a problem in this world. Some are very good at condemning others without looking at their circumstances and efforts they have made. This is being judgemental and the Bible warns against that. If you judge others, you will be judged by the same measure. Encouraging others and helping to seek out a solution to their problem won’t kill anyone. Clothing our eyes with love, love that is strong enough to make us correct others when they are going astray and not giving up on people will make the world a better place.

  2. I’ve been specifically blessed by this post.
    I’ve come to understand why we err even as Christians. This is because we are too swift to condemn and criticize without trying to view the situation the other way(this attitude alone shows lack of love and understanding which is not the way God our father sees things ;even us).
    Thus we must see things just the way God would see such> an understanding mind and a loving, patient heart .

  3. Our God is a great God and we need to do his will. Seeing with our Father’s eye enables us to do the right thing and situation were there is a kind of compromise we should be able to stand out and rebuke evil and not to be doing same because we can’t stay in sin with the mind set that we would always beg for forgiveness. Indeed motivated with this writing

  4. jst as we ar humans ,there are some things we do or say,thinking that it’s right ,BT our father in heaven doesn’t see it that way .
    That’s why the bible made us to know that there is a way dat seems right to man,bt the end of it leads to destruction.
    All we need is God’s grace to do the right thing.
    Tnk u very much MA, honestly am blessed.

  5. When I read the story of the three Hebrew young lads, I pray fervently that God should help me standout for Him, that God should give me the grace to be able give my life for Christ sake. When you look at story of the three Hebrew young men, they choose to die instead of renounce their faith, they also believed that God could deliver and even though God chooses not to deliver them, they will not still deny Him. As Christians in this contemporary world, are we able to give our lives for the sake of Christ’s gospel or would we deny Him in order to save our own live. Remember, whosoever tries to save his live would lose but whosoever disregards his like for Christ’s namesake would save it. Thank you ma for the exposition. My soul has been edified.

    • Your comment just reminded me of the Dapchi girl, Leah, held by Noko Haram for refusing to renounce her faith in Christ. May God give us that kind of courage in Jesus’ name.

  6. When we see things from God’s perspective, we will always react to issues the way He does. That’s to say that, we will hate what He hates and like what He likes .By so doing we will become his friends .Jon 15:14.May I crave your indulgence ma , to add Evangelist to your title. Because it describes you better .

    • Thank you but I’m a teacher of the word. That’s my place in the five-fold ministry. May God bless you richly in Jesus’ name.

  7. Awesome writeup I must say!
    I’ve just realized We’ll relate better with people if we can see the way God does, we’ll handle situations better when we learn to see through His eyes.
    This begins from the very little things. Before you say that hurtful word to someone, you think.. What would Jesus have said if He was in my shoes right now? Before you harden your heart towards anyone, you think, what would God have done if He was the one? Before you refuse to forgive that person, you think, I know I’m angry with this person, but how does God feel about this person? Will God just turn against this person? By the time you realize Jesus did not condemn that adulterous woman the Pharisees brought to him (John 8:3-11), By the time you realize Jesus’ constant compassion towards people led to the healings and miracles he performed (Matt.20:34), by the time you realize how much of a forgiving father God is (1 John 1:9), and how he has promised never to leave us, you’ll have a rethink. And we can only know all these when we dedicate ample time for the study of God’s word.

    Something else struck me there… Grace does not relieve you of your responsibility as a good Christian, grace is no free ticket to a world of care freeness and sin. The grace that cost God his son’s blood shouldn’t be abused.
    Thank you for these insightful words.

  8. Servitude to God is the only form of service where rewards are got down here and upstairs(heaven). It may not be easy but it certainly is worth the effort. Grace is what wins the race.

  9. God is all knowing, omniscient God! His eyes is all over the earth and with His heart of love. The blessings of God make rich and add no sorrow.. all we need is have faith in God. Learn to share in the burden of others, especially fellow believers, as it’s the heartbeat of God.

  10. In this modern world for us to see things the way GOd sees them would be very difficult because we are now blinded by pleasure(things of the world). And also people have lost faith drastically because they tend to believe in quick miracle and ones they miracle ain’t coming up they lose faith and backslide immediately

  11. We see things the way he wants us to,we equally act the way he wants us to .the simple formula to a fulfilling stress free life .that’s how I see it. john 15:14.

  12. God created man in his image and likeness and blessed him beyond measure with His grace and undying favour.That not withstanding, we shouldn’t fail to see things the way they ought to be seen rightly no matter the circumstances we are into at all times which is possible when we see with God’s eyes,which will result to us doing his will

  13. I have been motivated by this post ‘seeing with our father’s eyes’ he sees faith in us.faith to me comes with reward it was that faith that Shadrach Meshach and Abednego had in God that made the furnace in which they were thrown into turn into an air conditioner. They had faith like that of mustered seed. And as children of God we need to have faith in him as he will not let us down

  14. Seeing with the father’s eyes, it makes us become better people and when we become better people our society becomes a better one. God is good, i love this post ma. God bless you for this.

  15. The post is really awesome.
    It helped me know that God is a beautiful God.
    All knowing, omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent.

  16. As humans, we are short sighted.The things of the world block our vision from ‘seeing far’. We need to always implore the grace of God within us to enable us see with His eyes, this way we make less mistakes.

  17. Our father sees it all and knows how to take care of his own people he is ever present with us and knows the needs of his children if we can see with this eyes we would know how deep the fathers love is for us…we can imitate christ in us and show good examples by the way we speak and act Because one with God is majority….am really inspired ma your not only a lecturer to us but also a mentor and a practical example for us all to imitate…. God bless you ma

  18. God Is love that is why he loves us so much regardless. His general love always leaves us in awe. People put their confidence in money and vain things but all of them do not save. We should all put our trust in the lord.

  19. Most people believe that since they can’t see God, therefore he doesn’t exist and that is very very wrong and so they plant their faith in false idols and that is wrong on so many levels. We are supposed to always put our faith in God and when we do, he’ll never fail us

  20. This is like a ministration to me, it really touched my heart “if only truly we could see with our fathers eyes” we are too quick to judging and criticism. as Christians in this contemporary world we should commit to God.

  21. To see others as Christ sees them is a gift that we need to seek after. Read through the following scriptures and quotes to learn what the Savior teaches about seeking for that specific gift.
    Ephesians 1:18 , “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened”

  22. His way is obviously different. If God sees things or thinks the way human beings do, by now the earth would have wiped away. He is really a merciful God.

  23. Encouraging others and helping to seek out a solution to their problem won’t kill anyone, correct others when they are going astray and not giving up on people will make the world a better place

  24. Yes it is true, if really I am my father’s child I should see like my father and act like my father, but when there is a separation from father and child, the child no longer has the opportunity to study his father to be able to see, talk and even act like him. The love of the world has separated us from our heavenly father. We indeed pray that the log in our eyes fall off as this would cause us to have a divine revelation of who our father is, to be able to see like him

  25. Indeed seeing with our father’s eye .. If man were to be God who knows what would become of man kind.. . I am highly motivated ma.It’s good to have faith,even if it is as small as mustered seed. In any situation and circumstance we find ourselves. And also try not to be carried away with things of the world. God bless you ma!.

  26. God wants us to encourage others and help them to seek out a solution to their problem not judging them. If all Christians were or are seeing things the way God does, we wouldn’t have much of a problem in this world.

  27. As God provides for us we also should provide for others who are less privileged and as God loves us so should we love others

  28. Our Father in heaven is too holy to behold sin, that is why we should try and be holy, live a modest life and have full faith in Him. He has to be pleased with what we do not regret why He made us. Our obligations should be doing what is right in the eyes of men and in the eyes of God because God is love.

  29. God sees the true motivations of our hearts and not just the outward appearance. I have always loved the song “Father’s Eyes” by Amy Grant. We should all ask God to give us His compassion for others.

  30. If we had God’s eyes, we will see things differently and react to things differently . egocentrism and judgementalism will stop, alot of misconducts and crimes will be things of the past . Thanks for writing on this, I pray that God will grant us the grace to view things from his own perspective in jesus name.

  31. One Important thing I want to say is that we should not take advantage of God’s love, we should always be good and faithful to the creator. Good write up dear Aunty Ohaja

  32. If everyone would start seeing as the lord sees, I think the world would be a better place. Nice writeup Ma!

  33. Interesting post. Seeing things and reacting to issues as God would, takes the grace of God. If we can apply this teaching to our daily lives, things would be much more better. A lesson learnt,thank you for sharing..
    May God give us the grace to think and see things like him in our dealings and relationship with others.

  34. A very insightful post, seeing with our father’s eyes. Indeed I’m in awe of how God sees us, his mercy, his love, his compassion. It’s overwhelming. This post has made me wiser and I’ll try to live my life to please God above all else. I want to be worth his mercy. Thank you aunty

  35. God mirrors us from his own prespective not from Our own perspective .
    As human we see a problem but God sees elevation or making us stronger in faith through such problem.
    The word of God says even before we are born , he knows our name and he knows every thing about us. so my prayers each day is lord, reveal to me your plan for me.

  36. Seeing with our father’s eyes, loving the way he loves us and showing kindness the way he does for us. It only takes the grace of God in us for that to be achieved, Lord help us to be like you and forever extend your kindness to people around us.

  37. God is all knowing and he sees everything going on in our lives. If we can see all these through God’s eyes, we would do nothing but wonder at the extent of his love for us. We shouldn’t judge or condemn any aspect of our lives or someome else’s because God has His ways and they are for our good.

  38. Seeing things through God’s eyes will definitely make us react or act differently to certain things and it will also make us do things out of love instead of feelings..nice piece ma.

  39. As God’s children seeing through his eyes involves behaving or acting how he would in every situation we’re found, we should learn to help with the little we have as we are not just serving God but also bringing souls to him

  40. People have failed to understand that the way of God is not our way thereby going through different wordly things in order to get what they need instead of harnessing patient for God’s time. Nice work ma.

  41. An interesting write up I must say. I think it would take a special grace to see the way God does even though we already know what he sees as outlined in the post. Because we are human and we have our own imperfections we may not immediately see the way God does But with constant and consistent trials we might be God-like and to see like Him

  42. As Christians we are supposed to have a heart full of compassion and also willing to help the needy. It’s what our Lord Jesus demands from us.

    • Are you actually reading these posts, Victoria? Many of your comments so far lack the depth that shows you are really engaging with the posts. More like you’re reacting to the titles and feature graphics. Not good enough, my dear!

  43. The way of God is not the way of man. It takes the special grace of God to see the way God sees because God does things in a mysterious way.

  44. If truly we see the way God does this world would be heaven on earth to us because we’ll love each other more than we love ourselves there won’t be any room for criticism or judging one another. God is love that’s the sole reason why treats us with utmost affection and care. God works in a way no man can comprehend or understand. Nice write up ma. Am quite challenged and thrilled

  45. I call this viewing things from God’s perspective. Our perception of things are limited by our sense organs. If only we can just see things from His angle. Our actions and inactions will change.

  46. We are made of God’s image,so we should have the sense of our God . seeing with our father’s eye will help us live a peaceful life and please our father.it is God’s will for us as his children to act ,see,think,and feel like him

  47. God is the ultimate and we can only see things from His own perspective, only when we abide by His rules(commandment) and devoted.
    His thought is far away above ours, Talking from experience, an Uncle I know was once at the verge of death, which both families and friends has be patiently waiting for his last breath, even the priest has given him last sacrament. But God did wonders, till hitherto the Uncle is living large.
    God sees above and beyond.

  48. What else would the world need if we see things the way God does. He sees hope possibility and strength in us even when we are weak. Even the first man on earth “Adam and Eve” had been they saw what God saw they wouldn’t have taste that fruit

  49. This post is an eye opener to everyone.if only we can see things the way God sees things I believe the world will be a better place. We will be able to forgive those that trespassed against us, we stop condemning or judging others. I pray for the grace to see things with my father’s eye…

  50. Removing our heads from the clouds and focusing on things that actually matter is what we should be doing as Christians. We should learn to appreciate the things of God and remove the maximum attention from material things.

  51. I think when we see through God’s eyes, we become more christ-like; stop hatred, wickedness, jealousy,unkind to our fellows and indiscriminate judgments. The nagging question is, will we be able to see through God’s eyes? It may seem easy to imagine but I think it demands faith to achieve. May God help us.

  52. Thank you so much ma….,I am indeed encouraged.God knows us in and out and he sees over us.the question I should ask myself from today henceforth is;how do l see others? do I Condem them? Or with faith, try to accept and believe in them?.Am I kind and humble to peple that need me?.I pray for God’s help.

  53. Of a truth, if half of this blog audience can see the way our heavenly Father sees, our homes, community, societies and nation will be heaven on Earth.
    Oh! father help me too.. amen..

  54. Of a truth, if half of the blog audience can see the way our heavenly Father sees, our homes, community, societies and nation will be heaven on Earth.let ask this question, drawing from what Isaiah 55:8 said, it is actually possible to see the way God sees things? A reply is needed to settle an augment among my friend..
    Oh! father help me too.. amen..

  55. That’s my prayer to see things the way God does Indeed God’s ways are higher than our ways we should learn to ask ourselves what are his ways so we can walk in it and get tremendous results.

  56. Trying to seeing with God’s eyes is difficult but accomplishable. If we did see with God’s eyes we would have a better society where there is actually genuine pity and humanity in us. Some societal evils wouldn’t be in existence if we actually tried to help one another in the society.

  57. Seeing with the eyes of God means you must first of all adopt the life Christ so that when you want to do anything you will first ask yourself if Christ will do what you want to do, you will treat people the way you want to be treated, you will always overlook their errors and aim at helping them succeed, this is the only way the life of Christ will be displayed

  58. If only we can see with the father’s eye, then the world would be a better place. Being born again is the first step to achieving that.

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