Tuesday, August 7, 2012

THE ONE WHO SEES IT ALL



Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  Jeremiah 23:24

The lady sitting next to me pulled out her electronic tablet and said she wanted to see who showed up to work and what they were doing. Her business was several hundred miles away. She explained that she had cameras throughout the business and key by key she took role and observed what people were doing, as she cruised from department to department. It was indeed a new kind of surveillance system, but it made me think of and older and more comprehensive one.

God sees every single thing we do. He even knows what we think! God is omniscient, a big word that means all-knowing. God sees the good things we do – those things please Him. He also sees the bad things we do – those things displease Him. God wants us to do the right things, like telling the truth, being helpful, using kind words, forgiving people who hurt us, and obeying authority. God sees us make right choices and is pleased when we follow Him instead of others who want us to do wrong.
On the other hand, each one of us has done wrong things that displease God. God has seen our sins and must punish us for them. In love, God sent Jesus to take the punishment for the sins of those who turn from their sin and trust Jesus.

Proverbs 15:3 tells us “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”  He knows and sees all.

God has given us freedom of choice and is grieved when we sin against Him. He wants us to do right and most important of all, He wants us to accept His Son so that we may have eternal life with Him.
Yes, Jesus sees everything we do.  It is useless lying to God or trying to hide from Him because He knows everything and He sees everything. He can see right inside your heart. As my pastor recently said, “Aren’t you glad others don’t know what Jesus knows about you?”

It is important to remember that Jesus loves you. He wants to spend time with you and for you to spend time with Him. That’s why He died on the cross and pay for our sins. We all do things we’re ashamed of at different times. But we can turn to Jesus and ask Him to forgive us and to help us not to do those things any more.

(a thought on life from John Grant )

John Grant is a former Florida State Senator and is a practicing attorney

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