John 1:48-49

We are laid bare before God. There is nothing about us that He doesn’t know. This is often preached in a negative manner, “There is nothing we can hide from Him. We may pretend that we fooling everyone, but we don’t fool an all-knowing and ever-present God.” However, if we only preach the negative, we sell God short. God sees us at our worst. However, He also sees us at our best, when we are desperately pursuing Him. 

Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” – John 1:48-49, ESV

A likely explanation for why Nathanel was under a fig tree was he was praying, meditating, and studying Scripture. He was pursuing after God. And Jesus noticed. 

Nathanael had questioned the likelihood of anything good coming out of Nazareth. Jesus’ response focused on what Nathanael was doing right. There was no earthly way Jesus could have seen what Nathanael was up to. Yet He knew. And thus Nathanael responded with the proclamation of Jesus’ divinity. 

God doesn’t just see us when we are sinful. One of the characterizations of God used by those who don’t believe in Him is that He’s like a spy hiding in the closet waiting to catch us doing wrong. However, so often in Scripture God acknowledged what His followers did right. God is interested when we are obedient and faithful. He wants to praise such behavior. So it is good that God sees all. 

If you’re like me, you can become easily discouraged when it feels like all the things you are doing for the right reasons seem to be ignored. As my wife put it, you feel like you’re invisible. But do realize that our Lord sees all. He sees the good things we do and He will reward. Maybe the reward won’t come in a visible way during this lifetime, but as a treasure in heaven. But He sees, He cares, He remembers, and He rewards. Praise God!


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