Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. (Genesis 6:5-6)
What God Sees
Watching the news can be an exhausting and depressing way to spend the day. The headlines are filled with political wrangling, fears over pandemics, murder, tragedy, natural disasters, wars, famine, and general paranoia. It can become overwhelming to witness all the chaos going on in the world. The television screen fills with images of death and destruction. In communities across the land, immorality is rampant, with marriages breaking up over infidelities, parents abandoning their children, open perversion of sexual promiscuity, and nearly naked men and women walking around. The gods of money and wealth drive the industry of materialism and covetousness to destroy lives. Children cry out in hunger. Women are tortured and raped. Criminal enterprises fill the streets with the carnage of a drug war that seems never to end. Innocent people are gunned down or murdered. The world is a dark place to look at. Sin abounds.
From the view of the individual, the news is a limited glimpse into what is happening all over the world. The news can’t translate into reality everything that is going on in the world. The stories that fill the world are at the atomic level of knowledge for finite man to see and hear and witness. That is not the case with the Creator of the world. The omniscience of the Lord God opens up every particle of the nearly eight billion souls living on planet earth. He knows what every person is saying, thinking, doing and where they are in the vast planet 25,000 miles wide. The Lord knows everything occurring on earth and has a memory bank that is so extensive it remembers all the billions upon billions of souls that have lived since Adam. He sees it all. His knowledge is updated every second. What He can see in America, He can see in China at the same time. If a man stands on the summit of Mount Everest, God sees him. God knows the ten astronauts circling the earth. All the crew of the deepest diving submarine is seen by the eyes of God. What happens in the darkest corner of the darkest place on earth is clearly visible to the mind of the Lord God.
In the days of Noah, God looked in the heart of every man and woman and saw wickedness, and everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. Only eight souls would be saved from the wrath of God. Before the flood that killed everything with the breath of life, God saw their lives, heard their words, and witnessed their terrible deeds. The eyes of the Lord saw debased mind doing things ungodly, filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, and unmerciful toward others. And God sees the same thing today. Everything.
The earth is filled with violence and unrighteousness, and God sees it all. How it is possible for the wrath of God not to destroy the world today is difficult to understand. There is so much sadness, heartache, and tragedy on so many levels and the mind of God takes it all in. When Moses transcribed the story of the flood, he declared the omniscience of God to see all the evil that abounded on the earth. But Moses also wrote down what else the Lord saw. After the Lord decided to destroy all life on earth, it says that Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. With all the terrible things filling the earth, a righteous family stood out among the darkness. So today, the Lord sees all that He sees, but He also knows those who are righteous, and He smiles. It grieves His heart to see so much wickedness fill His creation. Jesus came to earth to bring light to a dark place. God sees the darkness, but He gazes upon the lights all over the world.