I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.—But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.—For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?—Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, …And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
We are well known, but we are treated as unknown.—O LORD, you have searched me and known me! … Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.— Thereafter, Hagar used another name to refer to the LORD, who had spoken to her. She said, “You are the God who sees me.” She also said, “Have I truly seen the One who sees me?” So that well was named Beer-lahai-roi (which means “well of the Living One who sees me”).
I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love,
for you have seen my troubles,
and you care about the anguish of my soul.
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.
Ps.31:12NLT; II Cor.4:7ESV; II Cor.4:5; Jn.5:44ESV; Mt.6:1,4ESV; II Cor.6:9ESV; Ps.139:1,6ESV; Gen.16:13,14 NLT; Ps.31:7NLT; Ps.62:5NLT
Who sees what you’ve done today? Who knows the grief you carry? Who cares deeply about what worries you?
Who celebrates the unseen victories of your heart in its struggles against sin? Who applauds when you’ve figured out that little something everyone else already seems to know, or when you’ve created something which seems beautiful to your eyes alone…Who sees?
Our hearts crave to know we are not alone. This perhaps explains the explosion of social media. We scramble to be seen and known there, to be applauded and ‘liked’, but really? Is this the affirmation we crave? To know and be known is something for which we’re designed. This desire gets perverted into believing we must promote ourselves, polish our performance, say the right things, be pleasing in order to be applauded. But how much better it would be if we meditated long and deep on the unfailing love that surrounds the child of God. A love that sees all and loves without condition forever and always. He sees the unseen and promises to reward the faithful heart.
May all your being and doing today glow with the knowledge that you are known and loved by the Unseen One who has created you for His pleasure and glory.