Finding God – where to look
15 The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
16 You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.
This passage tells us that everyone “looks” expectantly to God. Whether you realise it or not, you are looking to or looking for “God”. If we consider the works of nature, everything looks to something else expectantly. For example, the dry land looks to the clouded sky for rain, and the great seas and oceans look to the rivers to continue their supply of water. The plants and trees look to the sun for light. This pattern continues among the creatures of Earth. The baby sparrow looks to its mother’s mouth for nourishment; a young deer looks to its mother for life-giving milk, and in like manner, the newborn baby expectantly looks to its mother for a constant supply of nutrition.
And yet, in all our intelligence, humankind seems to think, unlike the rest of creation, we have no need of anything or anyone to look to. When we examine the claims of the ancient manuscripts that make up our Bible today, we find that God describes Himself with attributes like “love”, “joy”, “peace”, “truth”, “life”, “patience”, among many others. If we were to take a moment and think about what we are “looking” for out of life, we would actually find a perfect match between what we want out of life and what God says He is. We all want “love”, “joy”, and “peace”, and “life” and “patience”. And without most even being aware of it, we are all “looking expectantly” to God.
How might your day be different today if you looked intentionally and expectantly to your Heavenly Father, in the same way, the dry land looks to the clouds, the tree to the sun, or the baby to its mother? What would be different? How would your thinking be different? How would you feel different today?
The Faith Experiment
Your faith experiment today is to test this passage: turn your eyes to your Father in heaven. Look expectantly to Him. Look intentionally to Him. And just see how your day and your life is impacted.