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.”
Today’s technology allows me to be able to greet people at my door without even being present. I recently installed security cameras on property to watch for those walking through our yard or looking to steal the fruits of our labor in our gardens. Having eyes on things has helped us feel more secure.
When I read today’s passage, I wondered at how the knowledge of God’s eye on me makes me feel and how I can best use it to be a better child of God.
When I was young and did wrong, I did not want them to see me or catch me in my wrongdoing. To this day, there are some things that they will never know. Others were brought to light immediately, and I was corrected.
The paranoia I felt while in the place of wrongdoing, left me feeling guilt-ridden and shameful. I learned later that my parent’s moral upbringing gave me a keen sense of right and wrong.
The pleasurableness of sin lasts only for a little while.
Hebrews 11:25 “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season“
But we do know that sin, once conceived in our hearts, brings a terrible end.
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
Our loving, Heavenly Father, so desires for us to have a life free of the punishment and penalty of sin. His watchful eyes are on us not to punish us at every misstep. He watches to guard, keep, and care for His investment.
The payment given to redeem our souls is precious.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Knowing that my Father in Heaven is watching my every move will give me comfort if my heart desires to please Him.
If I choose to disobey and go my own way, those eyes feel condemning and judgmental because sin distorts the truth. Satan’s accusations come swiftly to condemn us, and he speaks lies to our soul. He tries to get us to believe that God no longer loves us. He speaks of conditional love that dumps us when we do wrong.
We need to come in humble confession and repentance to experience the Father’s love and close fellowship once again. We must combat the lies with truth. God’s love for us is unconditional, eternal, and everlasting.
God has already paid for every one of our sins and longs to maintain our relationship to be pure, clean, and without anything between us. Some hold judgment and justice above grace, mercy, and love.
Yes, God is all of those and more. We must consider that the redemption of man originated before the world began. It was the motivating force that sent Jesus to be our sacrifice.
God’s eye upon us can be a deterrent as well as a vehicle for accountability. Knowing that God is present with me wherever I go, He is there when I sin.
There is nothing we can hide from His gaze.
He sees all.
Nothing takes God by surprise.
We can use it to help us be accountable. Asking ourselves, “Would God approve of my choice of movies, music, or reading? Would He approve of my attitude, my word choices, and my treatment of others?”
We can utilize the provisions of God in so many ways. Thinking negatively reveals our heart’s direction. Not wanting God’s watchful eye upon us means there is a love for sin that needs addressing.
As you head into your weekend, can you say God would approve of your plans and choices for activities? He already knows what they are and will be there with you when it happens. So, why not include Him in the decision-making process?