How often do we think that because no one sees or hears us, God won’t either? The convicting yet assuring are the words of Psalm 139 as given below!
ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES by Sally Bair
During frequent walks along the edge of the woods near my former, country house, I’d wonder how many pairs of eyes were peering at me from behind the shadowed trees. Besides the ever-present deer, raccoons, and skunks, I envisioned wolves, cougars, and bears as well. With effort, I’d pull my thoughts away from the possibility of meeting any such critters. On occasion, I actually did encounter an animal behind its hiding, staring eyes.
My woods experiences cause me to think about God’s eyes. How many times have I said or done something in secret, something I knew was wrong, and then remembered that God could hear and see me all along? I spent several years, in fact, trying to hide my misdeeds from God until I finally realized there is no hiding from God.
When we make it a habit to be upfront and honest about what we say or do, however, we usually don’t think about God watching us. At such times there is no guilt, no feeling of condemnation, and no anger. That’s how God wants it. He wants us all to be honest as He is honest with us.
King David wrote a beautiful psalm that speaks about God’s eyes that see all. Psalm 139 in part tells us, “You know when I sit and when I rise … before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Where can I flee from Your presence? … If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me … even the darkness will not be dark to You; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to You.'” (Psalm 139:2-12 in part)
If we do right and are in harmony with God’s will, the fact that He sees us will give us joy in knowing His protection and help are near and knowing He’s pleased with us. Deliberately straying from His will by being disobedient and dishonest, however, will cause stress and unhappiness, and a whole lot more. Only confession and repentance will restore our relationship with Him.
A good Bible verse for all of us to remember is Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
Lord, help us remember that there is no hiding from You. Forgive us for the times we have done wrong, thinking that no one would see, not even You. Thank You for keeping watch over us day and night. In Jesus’ name, amen.