Pastoral Letter 02 Jan 2022
My dear readers,
“In Every Place are the Eyes of the LORD”
Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
Sight is very precious to man. If man is asked to choose which he would rather lose, his sight, speech, smell or hearing, it will be a most difficult thing to choose sight! To be able to see the sun rise and set every day, to see the colours of the rainbow and this whole wide world with her spectacular spectrum of colours, especially in temperate countries where the flowers bloom in the springtime or turn golden brown during autumn with all the hues from bright yellow to chocolate brown, where the appearance of an entire mountain could switch to brilliant green after winter to bareness with a spectacular layer of white when winter returns again.
The cycle of psychedelic colours transforms the world that takes the breath away and man is never tired of it as seen in the global travel industry annually. With the pandemic robbing man of his ability to travel and see the colourful sights of God’s creation, he is now aching to get out and drink in the sights again like a man who just crawled out of a desert with parched throat longing for cool refreshing water!
We thank God that we can see. We can focus on minute things with our eyes as well the largest, like the heavens above. We can see the widest angle with our eyes as well as the narrowest when we look though a microscope. Our eyes are amazing God-given gifts to see His beauty and His glory in all His creation. It is a tragic thing to lose our sight. Blindness thrusts a man into bondage of complete darkness. I cannot imagine what it is like to not be able to see. How much more when it comes to spiritual blindness which man is born into because of original sin! We cannot see the handiwork of God even though it glares at us day and night. It speaks in a universal language clearer and louder than the musical notes that man uses to compose his music.
Psalm 19:1-6 declares emphatically the greatness and glory of God: “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”
Can you see and feel God’s presence? Proverbs 15:3 triumphantly declares that He sees us very clearly! Whether we see Him or not, God wants us to know that He sees EVERYTHING! Obviously, God is Spirit and has no eyes. This is an anthropomorphic way to describe God’s immutable omniscience and omnipresence to help man understand His Greatness.
The literal translation of Proverbs 15:3 is: “In every place are the eyes of the LORD, peering into the distance the evil and the good.” The emphasis of this verse is “in every place.” There is no mountain too high or ocean too deep or a hole so hidden or a distance too far that the all-seeing eyes of God cannot penetrate. Here, “every place” includes the farthest star, the deepest ocean, the darkest hole, and every nook and corner on earth that are all known to Him. His penetrating eyes see them. There is no place on earth or in the heavens above that the LORD does not see and know completely. The vastness of space is nothing to God. He transcends time and space, for all the places on earth that keep on changing with every passing season, whether in the night or day, are all known to Him and He sees everything clearly and all at the same time! What God saw on the day of Adam’s fall into sin and what He sees for the final judgment before His people are ushered into the New Heaven and New Earth are seen and known to God all at the same time. Nothing escapes Him. He is never taken by surprise by any event on earth whether by man or by nature! What is invisible to man is very visible to God.
Every virus and bacteria that plagues mankind throughout the ages are known to Him. Every storm, tornado and cyclone, drought and flood that sweep across the planet and afflict mankind are known and controlled by Him. He knows the beginning and the end of this universe and everything in it. Nothing escapes Him!
This includes the motive in every heart, and every thought of man behind every word spoken and deed done are all known to Him, whether they be evil or good. All despotic men like Nero, Hitler, Mao and Stalin, past and present including the worst of them all the Antichrist are all known to Him even before they were born, for the eyes of the LORD are in every place. Their time on earth from beginning to end, and every deed and thought that passes through their sinful minds is known to Him even before they think them.
The good deeds of God's children are known to Him and He never forgets them. For the many deeds done in secret that are not known to man and perhaps even forgotten by the ones who did them, the LORD comforts His children by telling them that He has seen and He remembers.
May you live for Christ with the love of Christ constraining you as you begin a new year. Live to please Him alone and not man. God sees and understands what you are going through. Go to Him in prayer. Cry to Him in loneliness. Worship Him in spirit and in truth always. Praise and adore Him with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. He sees every moment of your life from the day of your conception and birth to the day the Lord calls you home to glory. Take heart and rest in Him always, no matter how weary and persecuted you are in your service unto Him. He sees and comforts. Lean upon Him and not on your own understanding concerning what you are experiencing now. The sorrows and joys that life brings are all known to Him and He carefully orchestrates them for your good and spiritual well-being. Trust Him, for He sees your deepest needs all the days of your life before you even know your own needs.
However, the warning to sinners is that every evil deed, thought, and motive is known to Him as well. Sinners might escape the law and judgment of men, but not God’s. They need to be very afraid of God and His judgment. Their worship of idols, lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life are all visible before His all-seeing eyes. The fruits of idolatry are evident in the lives of those who bow to idols.
Romans 1:22-32: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature
Flee from idolatry and turn from these evils and embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as your only Lord and Saviour all the days of your life. This is the only way out of evil.
There is no secret place or secret that God does not see and know, and He holds every man accountable. All of us will answer to Him on the Day of our death or of God's judgment, i.e. at Christ’s glorious return. What will He find in our hearts and lives … evil or good? May God help us to take heed and bare our souls before His all-seeing eyes and turn to Him in Christ. Amen.
Yours faithfully in the Saviour’s Service,
Rev Dr Quek Suan Yew