Proverbs 15:3 “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
We all have them. Events or activities we wish we could relive, or words we desire to take back. Then there are those things few have seen, and only you and God know. We may have justified them in our minds, but there is this nagging voice inside that haunts us.
2 Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”
Acknowledging the very fact that God sees all, knows all, and has power over all can be very liberating. Knowing that the omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent God loves me, accepts me, and keeps me secure, is comfort only He can afford. I can be fully transparent and honest with a God like that.
The disclosure God reveals to us about Himself allows us to do the same.
Ephesians 5:21 “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
The divine nature of our Savior was shown to the disciples very early when Jesus called Nathanael.
John 1:47-48 “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.”
The truth of that statement revealed to Nathanael’s heart that this was no ordinary man; this was the Son of God.
John 1:49 “Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.”
Very simply, we must ask ourselves if we are children of the light, or children of darkness?
John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”
The ease with which we come to God should be because we are lovers of light and want to be in His light. The reason we fail to pray, confess, and make it right with God and man is that we love our sin. We like the pleasure it brings. It becomes our comfort instead of getting it from the Comforter – the Holy Spirit.
David showed us what a man after God’s own heart should do when they sin.
Psalm 51:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”
David knew the character of God. He knew there was forgiveness open to all who would come. He knew that the sacrifices were to restore his relationship with God.
Psalm 51:2 “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”
David was also very transparent with God about what he knew God saw.
Psalm 51:3-4 “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.”
David said he acknowledged his transgressions. Meaning, he knew what God already knew, and was telling Him in confession, that he (David), was guilty of what God saw. My work with people in the church, and especially with addicts, has presented some unusual situations.
A person can be so blinded to their sin and to what others see, they begin to believe the lies that they tell others. So much so that they can be compelling.
Some are unwilling to take responsibility for the wrong they commit. They espouse a “victim mentality.” Because of the situation and circumstances, or because there was no other way out, they committed a crime/sin.
It may be they will blame Mom and Dad for their behavior. Many a crime committed by a young person will hear their mother say in front of a camera, “But they were such a good child.”
There are those with what I call the ‘Teflon Syndrome.’ They may have been caught red-handed. Yet, they will find some way to deflect their part and blame others. Some addicts are masterful in the art of deflecting blame and taking no responsibility for their actions.
Not so with David. It was as if he was saying to God, “You got me!” “I did it willingly.”
We need to get back to taking personal responsibility for our actions. God has already seen what has happened. He has opened the path for us to restore what He originally paid a great price.
I am utterly amazed that a holy, righteous, Sovereign God would do for me what I could not do, to gain someone as unworthy as I. His show of love in the giving of His own Son to be the propitiation for us, ought to humble us.
The knowledge that God was right there when I sinned is convicting. He saw every detail. He knew my heart. He saw the choices that led up to the committing of sin and watched as I departed from what He taught me was good and right.
Ultimately, guilt and shame follow, and what we do when that happens will determine the closeness of our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Just like the prodigal son’s father who welcomed him home and restored him to his position in the family, our Heavenly Father so desires that we come broken like the prodigal son.
Lastly, Jesus calls us:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
May you find the rest you are seeking in the One who has seen all you do and loves you unconditionally!