All Seeing

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 24

Gold Nugget
Verse 12: If you say, "Surely we did not know this," Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?

Commentary
When I was a kid they used to tell us that on judgment day there will be a big screen (like in a movie theater) that will play our entire life. This was to ensure us of the fact that no deed will go unnoticed. Although this theater experience seems unlikely as described, the fact that every deed is observed is of an absolute truth. Seen are not only the things that we do and say, but even the things that we know and think. As a father I have been in many scenarios where I have been presented with the challenge of knowing whether or not my children are being honest with me. If I find my kids watching TV past their bed time and they claim that they didn't know what time it was, that can put me in a difficult situation. Since they were small, my dilemma was possibly accepting their claim of innocence when maybe they weren't. If they are lying to me and I accept their deception, I felt that it would only encourage them to lie again. That being said, when they were smaller, I would observe them without their noticing and then challenge them to tell me the truth while they thought there was no way for me to know what the truth really was. This approach has gained me the title of “Dad always knows” and made it very scary to attempt the lie. The measures I went through to try and ensure them of being honest may be considered extreme, and maybe they are. God on the other hand, does not have to go through these measures. He sees all and knows all. Nothing we say or do goes unnoticed. Taking it a step further, He knows more than just what we say and do, but also what we think and know. We will not be able to play “dumb” or ignorant of the truth. We will not be able to say, “…but, I didn't know”. We would be more consistent in our walk and obedience if we actually accepted this truth. It isn't just the fact that He sees our every move and will be aware, but more so that He sees everything and feels the hurt from our actions. Hopefully refraining from sinful behavior would be more to prevent from hurting Him than being concerned with Him recording it.

Prayer
Lord, remind me of your presence when I am being tempted to drift from your will and instructions. Just as any of us will behave a certain way when certain eyes are upon us, help me to be just as concerned with your eyes upon me instead of abusing your mercy and grace. Amen


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