Lee and I loved watching our four kids play soccer in high school. Other sports enthusiasts may not have noticed their superb-ness, but we thought they were the best! Yeah baby—move over Beckham. By the way, we still watch them, but from a distance now as they succeed in their particular vocations. While it’s true our hearts are joyful and proud of our adult children and one daughter-in-law, just think how honored our heavenly Father must feel when we grow day by day into the likeness of His Son.
Biblical scholars think perhaps Job is the oldest book of the Bible. Befuddled, Job questioned Gods’ nonstop observance of man (kind) and wondered why He involved Himself with us “What is man, that You should magnify him and think him important? And that You should set Your mind upon him? …O You Watcher and Keeper of men?” (Job 7:17-20 Amp). Without a doubt, Job believed God to be intrinsically intimate with His creation “And, there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13 NKJV). He chooses to notice everything about us; what we do, say or even think “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3 Amp).
By the sheer enormity of God’s care, He attends the funeral of each tiny sparrow illustrated in Matthew’s gospel “And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice…but [even] the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (10:29-30). I think it’s unimaginably glorious and comforting to know our Father cares for nature in this manner. The scripture goes on to explain if God concerns Himself over a tiny bird, how much more does He cherish darling children made in His image?
The lovely angle and whole point is this. God decides to give attention to us because that’s who He is: protector, sustainer, compassionate, all-knowing, giver of life, husbandman and Father. Right now, this moment, His presence surrounds us whether we’re cognizant of Him or not. Even David’s 139th Psalm describes how intimately the Lord knows us before we are conceived; how we’re intricately woven in our mother’s womb, and the number of our days thereafter. Nice to know we’re not an after thought but planned for with an inheritance of glory.