GOD DOES NOT MISS A THING

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GOD DOES NOT MISS A THING

“God doesn’t miss a thing—
he’s alert to good and evil alike.” Proverbs 15:3 [MSG]

The band Aerosmith had a hit that was the soundtrack to the Hollywood blockbuster Armageddon. In it, were these lines,

“Don't want to close my eyes
I don't want to fall asleep
'Cause I'd miss you baby
And I don't want to miss a thing”

This reminds me of how we feel sometimes. We pray earnestly, believe wholeheartedly, and nothing happens. It almost seems like God closed His eyes, fell asleep, took a coffee break, left post for a while and missed what just happened. Like the two lookouts on the Titanic who were supposedly distracted by Jack and Rose kissing on the deck; or like us, when we put a pot of water on the boil and forgot about it because we got distracted by the television or a telephone call; sometimes we feel like God has taken His eyes off us and missed the fact that our boat has crashed and sprung a leak, or that our pot has boiled over.

But beloved, He hasn’t. As Solomon says, God doesn’t miss a thing.

Yes, sometimes God delays, as we have seen in the message, Why Does God Take So Long, and these delays are because there are certain lessons He wants us to learn, as we have seen in Jesus Gives Customized Solutions. In fact, With Jesus It Is About Doing The Impossible When It Is Impossible. But no matter what it is, Jesus and our Father never take Their eyes of us.

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” John 10:11-14

We need to remember in whose care we are in. We are not in the care of some hired hand, we are in our Father’s care. We are in Jesus’ care, because Jesus has told us,

“For I have come down from heaven not to do My own will and purpose but to do the will and purpose of Him Who sent Me.
And this is the will of Him Who sent Me, that I should not lose any of all that He has given Me, but that I should give new life and raise [them all] up at the last day.
For this is My Father’s will and His purpose, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up [from the dead] at the last day.” John 6:38-40 [AMPC]

So we who believe in Jesus and His love for us, we who believe that our Father is our loving Father who cares for us and gave up His Son to redeem us from sin; for us, the responsibility for our care falls squarely on Jesus’ shoulders because we have been given to Him, and He will not lose any of us.

If we look closely, if we pay attention to our surroundings, we will be able to see pictures and reminders of our Father’s ever present love and attention.

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

It is often not easy to take attention away from our problems and look at the birds of the air, and the flowers of the field. But that is precisely why we miss out on the love of our Father. For indeed,

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

Planetary winds change direction to bring rain for growth and dry weather for harvest. Birds are imbued with senses that set the time and the route to move from hemisphere to hemisphere so that they can avoid the chilling cold. Animals run for cover before disasters come, yet man, the pinnacle of God’s creation, the one who is supposed to be in-charge of them all,

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

Is always lagging behind the rest.

When I was a student, we did a project on the importance of green areas in city centers and our lecturer positioned our project’s angle from the perspective of two migratory birds. Looking back, I often wonder what the animals would tell us if we had the chance to converse with them about our lives. I hazard to guess the conversation would go something like this,

“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10-38:42

Because we are very much like Martha, aren’t we? Imagine being told by a sparrow,

“my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:19

But that is its reality, isn’t it? What it wants, our Father provides. What it needs, it gets from the bounty that is the supply of Heaven.

Beloved, if our Father is able to take care of the world and make sure that all creation runs like clockwork, so too is He taking care of our lives. We don’t see it because we don’t have the full picture. We don’t have the full picture, because we are too busy getting caught up with our own problems to notice facts like you cannot expect a seed to grow the moment you throw it into the ground. And that becomes our sense of reality, wrong though it may be.

Remember the blind man whom Jesus met as He was moving away from the crowd who wanted to stone Him?

“Then they took up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.
Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.” John 8:59-9:7

Even when Jesus was moving away from people who wanted to stone Him, He did not miss the fact that there was someone who needed Him; and He will use the very circumstances that we find ourselves in, even if they be of our own doing and creation, to reveal His love and goodness. Also, sometimes we become blinded by our circumstance, like the man was; but our Father is just waiting for the perfect moment to bring to fruition His plan of loving deliverance for our lives.

Beloved, when it seems like God has lost the plot, be like Mary and sit at His feet. When it seems like God has missed out on your prayer, go wash yourself with the truths in His word. After all, remember that this is what our Father wants us to do,

“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” John 6:29

And in time, you will realize that God does not miss a thing.

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