The God Who Sees Us
Over the next month, Time With God will be studying the book of Proverbs. Although we will read an entire chapter each day, the study questions in Digging Deeper will focus on select verses addressing a specific topic.
One of the problems with judging other people is that we can assume we know people’s motives. We don’t know the heart of a person when he or she does certain things or says certain words, but we think we do. We are often guilty of judging a book by its cover, but we don’t really know what is on the inside. All of us have been guilty of making quick judgments, only to find out the rest of the story and learn we really didn’t know what was in the heart of that person. God is the only one who truly knows what is in a person’s heart.
- What thoughts or feelings do you have when you consider that God knows everything about a person’s heart?
Read the Word
Proverbs 15 (ESV)
15:1 A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good.
4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life,
but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
5 A fool despises his father's instruction,
but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.
6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure,
but trouble befalls the income of the wicked.
7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge;
not so the hearts of fools.
8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him.
9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,
but he loves him who pursues righteousness.
10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way;
whoever hates reproof will die.
11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord;
how much more the hearts of the children of man!
12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved;
he will not go to the wise.
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face,
but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge,
but the mouths of fools feed on folly.
15 All the days of the afflicted are evil,
but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.
16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure and trouble with it.
17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is
than a fattened ox and hatred with it.
18 A hot-tempered man stirs up strife,
but he who is slow to anger quiets contention.
19 The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,
but the path of the upright is a level highway.
20 A wise son makes a glad father,
but a foolish man despises his mother.
21 Folly is a joy to him who lacks sense,
but a man of understanding walks straight ahead.
22 Without counsel plans fail,
but with many advisers they succeed.
23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man,
and a word in season, how good it is!
24 The path of life leads upward for the prudent,
that he may turn away from Sheol beneath.
25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud
but maintains the widow's boundaries.
26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord,
but gracious words are pure.
27 Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household,
but he who hates bribes will live.
28 The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer,
but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
29 The Lord is far from the wicked,
but he hears the prayer of the righteous.
30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones.
31 The ear that listens to life-giving reproof
will dwell among the wise.
32 Whoever ignores instruction despises himself,
but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,
and humility comes before honor.
(Today’s questions focus on verses 3, 8-9, 11, and 29.)
- When you read verse 3, how does it comfort you? How could it make someone feel nervous?
- In verses 8-9, how does God respond to the religious sacrifices of wicked people? How does he respond to the prayers of the upright?
- Looking at verse 11, if you could see and understand Sheol (hell) and Abaddon (destruction), how would that change your perspective on earth? Why is it significant that God sees the hearts of all people?
- In verse 29, whose prayer does God hear? How does that comfort you?
- These verses communicate God’s all-knowing sovereignty over all things. How does knowing that God sees what’s hidden in your heart free you to be honest with him?
Respond to God
When we realize that God knows what is in our hearts, it can cause us to pause. It might make us feel uneasy because we know our hearts aren’t always right and our actions are not always pleasing to God. That is why it is important to remind ourselves of how God sees us through his Son’s righteousness and not our own. In Christ, God the Father sees us as saints—righteous, blameless, and holy—because when we place our faith in Jesus for salvation, we receive Jesus’ righteousness. Therefore, we can approach God, pray to God, and serve God knowing we are clean before him. As a good and loving Father, he knows us, loves us, and will work in our lives according to his perfect plan.
- Take some time today to share your heart with God, the one who keeps watch over you.