Discovering Hope #20

‘I see you.’

Imagine Jesus saying those words to you. What pictures do they conjure up? Do you see yourself as a five-year-old sneaking a biscuit from the plate that has been arranged for visitors which you have been told not to touch? Or today as you do your tax return and ‘forget’ to put in a cash payment or two? Or maybe as you tell a ‘white lie’ to someone about where you were or what you were doing? Do the words ‘I see you’ come across as a threat, as judgment, as a precursor of punishment?

Listen again.

‘I see you.’

Imagine again Jesus saying these words to you. Does He speak to you in your sadness or grief? Does He understand your anger at injustice, or your frustration at other people’s lack of understanding? Does He watch as you help those less fortunate than yourself whom you reach out to in love, in secret? Does He gaze at you with love when you feel unlovable? Or does He just notice you when you feel invisible and nobody cares?

Listen again?

‘I see you.’

How do these words encourage you? What do they mean to you? How do they change who you are?

Jesus sees you because He loves you. Whether you know and acknowledge Him as God or not He sees and He loves. And because He loves, we can love Him – whatever our past; however we hear the words He says to us. For those who turn to Him and stretch out arms, longing to be loved, He is there, He is here, ready and waiting to hug us close and love us.

Will you open your mind, your eyes, your ears, your heart today and hear Him whisper these words to you today? And then receive His love for you?

‘I see you’

Some Scriptures

Genesis 6:6-8 The Lord regretted that He had made human beings on the earth, and His heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created – and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground – for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him …

Psalm 34:15 They eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry.

About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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