God So Loved the World
The eyes of God are always on us. God is always looking at us, gazing upon us.
But he is not searching for evil. He is searching for the reflection of his own goodness in us.
He made us to his image and likeness. And he delights to see that image and likeness in us.
Our heavenly Father does not merely look at us and see our lives and the happenings in our lives.
He looks to see how he can help us and guide us and bring us deeper into his love.
God sees us, and he acts in us. We are always before his eyes
And we are always in his hands.
God is present to the world and to each of us, not only with his gaze.
He is also present to us with his POWER.
God sees all things. He knows all things. And he can do all things.
Nothing is hard or impossible for him. Nothing happens in creation without God’s permission.
Every event, every life situation has the wisdom and power of God behind it.
God often uses natural instruments when he acts in us.
But these created instruments are indeed only instruments.
They can do nothing without the hand of God to direct them.
Very often God chooses poor instruments and defective ones. Sometimes they are evil-willed human instruments.
But no matter how weak or twisted or evil these instruments seem, they can never upset God’s purpose.
He is the Master. He has his plan and nothing can spoil it.
An old Portuguese proverb tells us: “God writes straight with crooked lines.”
Therefore, everything that happens in this world— even what seems to be evil—will work out for the world’s greater good.
This is true, because God is always at work. His loving providence will make everything turn to good.
And everything that happens to me personally will work out for my greater good, too,
—if my own will is good, and—if I have the love of God in my own heart.