An All-Seeing Eye
really believe that God exists, and is the
all-knowing, all-powerful Being Who knows the very number of hairs on
head? I will always remember it. I was in the first or second grade. My
had told me that, because of an offense that I cannot remember (though
remember that I was guilty of the infraction), I could not read any
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
and there was no Armed Forces Television there yet. I would rather read
outside and play. She did allow me to go outside. We lived on the third
of the housing apartments. I went to the lowest balcony of a ground
apartment and went up under it. It was like a cave under there, and I
no one could see me. I climbed into the safe cave, and pulled out my
book, and settled down to read it. It was not long, however, until I
voice, and looked up to see my mother’s face (not exactly with a
on it). I had been caught. I was, of course, summarily punished for
the offence. I remember thinking that
she must have all-seeing eyes to have known what I was doing, although
years I concluded that she might have had help with her “all-seeing
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
and stopped because you knew that they could walk in and catch you at
minute? Not only did you fear punishment or recrimination, but it would
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
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
exists as we ought to be, won’t we feel the same way about his presence
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
over our shoulder (even if we are alone in the desert, we tend to look
shoulder when we contemplate sin, to see if anyone is watching—admit
it!) to check if any human is watching, shouldn’t we look above and
that God is watching?
singing the old song, “Watching You.” It was
number 564 in the old Sacred Selections songbook that I grew up
The point of the song was pretty much the point I am making. I
it could be construed that the song makes it sound like God is out to
but that is not true, and I doubt that is what the author meant.
back and read the words to the song. It encourages us to simply walk in
right path, because God is watching us. Again, God is watching us to
us, protect us and love us as well as to watch our path that we walk.
really believe that God is there, and that he cares enough to watch
won’t I try to keep from embarrassing myself, and offending and hurting
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
- “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”