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Vol.  9  No. 6 June 2007  Page 13
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Dean KellyAn All-Seeing Eye

By Dean Kelly

    Do you really believe that God exists, and is the all-knowing, all-powerful Being Who knows the very number of hairs on your head? I will always remember it. I was in the first or second grade. My mother had told me that, because of an offense that I cannot remember (though I do remember that I was guilty of the infraction), I could not read any books, especially not comic books. You have to understand that reading was my entertainment. We lived on a military base in Germany back in the early 60’s, and there was no Armed Forces Television there yet. I would rather read than go outside and play. She did allow me to go outside. We lived on the third floor of the housing apartments. I went to the lowest balcony of a ground floor apartment and went up under it. It was like a cave under there, and I was sure no one could see me. I climbed into the safe cave, and pulled out my comic book, and settled down to read it. It was not long, however, until I heard a voice, and looked up to see my mother’s face (not exactly with a pleased look on it). I had been caught. I was, of course, summarily punished for compounding the offence.  I remember thinking that she must have all-seeing eyes to have known what I was doing, although in later years I concluded that she might have had help with her “all-seeing eyes” from a tattle-telling sister. I had been caught, either way.

    Have you ever been tempted to do something that you know you shouldn’t, but heard your parent, or mate, or child in another room, and stopped because you knew that they could walk in and catch you at any minute? Not only did you fear punishment or recrimination, but it would be embarrassing to be caught in that particular sin. Have you ever stopped yourself from sin because you did not want someone to see it? I think most honest people would admit to that, and there is nothing wrong with that.

    Now to the question with which we began. Do you really believe that God exists? If we are as totally committed to a faith that God exists as we ought to be, won’t we feel the same way about his presence and knowledge of our activities that we do of human beings? Shouldn’t God’s presence make us uncomfortable and embarrassed by sin in our lives? As we look over our shoulder (even if we are alone in the desert, we tend to look over our shoulder when we contemplate sin, to see if anyone is watching—admit it—you do it!) to check if any human is watching, shouldn’t we look above and recognize that God is watching?

    I remember singing the old song, “Watching You.” It was number 564 in the old Sacred Selections songbook that I grew up using. The point of the song was pretty much the point I am making. I understand that it could be construed that the song makes it sound like God is out to get us, but that is not true, and I doubt that is what the author meant. Sometime go back and read the words to the song. It encourages us to simply walk in the right path, because God is watching us. Again, God is watching us to care for us, protect us and love us as well as to watch our path that we walk. If I really believe that God is there, and that he cares enough to watch over me, won’t I try to keep from embarrassing myself, and offending and hurting Him in my daily life?

    Do we really believe? Then let us live like we do. Let us avoid sin, and try to make God proud of us. He sees and knows.

  • “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine” (Psalm 33:18-19).
  • “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth” (Psalm 34:15-16).
  • “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Peter 3:12).
  • “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
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