Thursday, 20 October 2011

of God's Providence in Ezekiel's Wheel; Part 4

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Continuing our series that we began here, we now consider how The Providence of God is Universal. Let’s begin by looking again at Spurgeon’s text:

Now as I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures, one for each of the four of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction: their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl. And the four had the same likeness, their appearance and construction being as it were a wheel within a wheel. When they went, they went in any of their four directions without turning as they went. And their rims were tall and awesome, and the rims of all four were full of eyes all around. And when the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. (Ezekiel 1: 15-19; ESV)

Before we go on, I want to consider a couple of different translations that I think will help to make this next point of Spurgeon’s a little clearer. Unlike the ESV and the NASB, which says, “one for each of the four of them,” the KJV, the NIV, and the Amplified all say “with his four faces.” When Spurgeon said that the Providence of God is Universal, he was referring to this portion of the text. He said,
The wheel had ‘four faces’. I think that means one face to the north, another to the south, another to the east, and another to the west. There is a face to every quarter of the globe.
An illustration that Spurgeon uses to describe this is a good one. He speaks of being in an art gallery and being intrigued with a particular portrait that he felt looked back directly at him. No matter where he went in that gallery, it seemed as if the eyes in the portrait followed him. If he went into one corner of the room, the eyes of the portrait looked directly at him. If he went into the opposite corner, the eyes still looked directly at him. No matter where he went in that gallery, the eyes of the portrait still found him.

The world we live in is like that too. Planet Earth is a part of God’s art gallery, as it were. The eyes of our Creator, whose portrait hangs on the wall of that gallery, are looking everywhere. There is no place in this gallery called Earth where the eyes of God cannot see you. It doesn’t make any difference where you go; God’s eyes follow you there. Climb into the deepest ocean going submarine, God sees you there. If you board the next space shuttle, God sees you there as well. If our planet’s population were to grow to 100 times of what it is now, God would still have His eye on you just as much as if you were the only person on this rock called Earth. God’s “eyes are open to all the ways of the children of man,” says Jeremiah 32:19. Likewise, Zechariah 4:10 tells us that the eyes of the Lord “range through the whole earth.” You cannot escape His eye on you. I cannot escape His eye on me. Escape from God is impossible.

Not only does God see us wherever we may happen to go, He also saw us before we were ever even formed. Psalm 139:16 tells us, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (ESV). Not only does God see the unborn child in the womb, but this verse also seems to also suggest that He sees us (our “unformed” substance) even before conception. Hmm, what does that say to the secular pro-choice and pro-abortion movement? But I digress.

This all begs some important questions for me. Is there ever a time when God does not have His eye on you? If God’s eye sees everything, what does He see in me? Thankfully, in Jesus, I have been made clean before Him. Still, that does not give me license for immorality. Knowing that, should I be living my life any differently? Hmm, I wonder. Thank you, Father, for your “Amazing Grace.”

Listen to how Spurgeon closes this section of his sermon:
Wherever you may be, whatever may be your case, God will be with you. Whatever period of your life you may now be in, God is with you. His eye is at the bridal and at the funeral; at the cradle and at the grave. In the battle, God’s eye is looking through the smoke; in the revolution, there’s God’s hand managing the masses of men who have broken loose from their rulers. In the earthquake, there is Jehovah manifest; in the tempest, there is God’s hand, tossing the bark, dashing it against the rocks, or saving it in his hand from the boisterous waves. In all seasons, at all times, in all dangers, and in all climates, there is the hand of God.
And there is the Providence of God. Be comforted, my friends. Your situation and your circumstances have not gone unnoticed by Heavenly Father. He knows all about it, and though we may not see it now, He does, and always will, know best. Thank you, Lord.
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