BIAY – Psalm 53:2-3 – What Does God See?


Psalm 53:2-3 says, “God looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.  They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one.”

What does God see when God looks at the world today?  I know there is a lot that undoubtedly makes God sad, angry, and frustrated.  Sin lived out in wars, systemic poverty and racism, division, hatred, and the list goes on.  I sure don’t feel great about the state of the world right now so I cannot imagine how the Creator feels about it.  

But there are glimpses of something different.  Yesterday morning, I was walking along the Ohio River at sunrise before an early meeting when a group of UC students came out of a building I was walking past.  As I passed them, a young woman pulled this bunch of flowers out of a bunch she was holding and handed them to me simply saying, “these are for you.”  They all headed on quickly and I didn’t get a chance to ask why.  Then I looked at them and the blue ribbon holding the stems together and I had a pretty good idea of why she was sharing them – an act of remembrance for Ukraine.   

I then left these flowers at the coffee house where my meeting was.  I added a note asking people to take a moment to pray or think about the war in Ukraine and those taking place in other parts of the world.  It isn’t a big thing but it is something.   So these flowers with the sunrise are a visual prayer that a new day could dawn for our world.

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