Privacy is a major concern of many people today. They do not want their medical records available to anyone other than those who provide their medical care. They want their financial information kept secret by their banks. They do not want their addresses listed in phone books or public directories. But if you watch any current detective shows on TV, it is obvious that security cameras and different government record-keeping systems tell us that almost nothing is private. When you use an ATM (Automated Teller Machine), it takes your picture. When you shop, your picture is taken at the cash register. Google Maps has better pictures of my house on the Internet than I can take. Do they have one of me mowing my lawn?
While we may not like to think about someone knowing our every move, we should face the fact that God sees and records all that He sees. He is going to open the books at the Great White Throne and judge those who have rejected Him, using the records He has kept (Rev. 20:11-15). James says that we show our faith by our works (Jas. 2:14-26), and God’s records will show those who have demonstrated their lack of faith in Him. Some people will have works that show they had faith in their churches, their good works, their educations and the people they’ve respected; but it will be obvious from the Book of Life that those at the Great White Throne did not have faith in the Lord.
Genesis 16 tells us the story of Sarai giving her maid to her husband Abram so they could have a baby. After Hagar conceived Ishmael by Abram, she fled from Sarai who mistreated her because she was now jealous. Hagar was astounded when the Lord not only saw her need and knew all about her, but also gave her instructions and a great promise. Hagar called Him, “You-Are-The-God-Who-Sees.”
Moms say that they have eyes in the back of their heads and can catch their children disobeying even when those children think they are not looking. The Lord doesn’t just have eyes in the back of His head, His eyes are everywhere. He sees everything. The Israelites thought they could worship idols without the Lord seeing, but they couldn’t (Ex. 32:1-10). People today think they can lie and cheat and nobody will know, but God sees! If we all believed that God sees everything all the time, we wouldn’t need security cameras, police and laws.
People who believe that God sees them would want to make sure that they were right with the only Judge that really counts. Unbelievers would realize that they had been “caught” and would want to get their sins forgiven. They would quit telling others how to live while they themselves violate the standards they set for others. Christians certainly would not want to be ashamed when the Lord comes, and this would affect the way they live.
When we come to grips with the fact that God sees and knows everything, it is convicting. God knows everything we do and think, yet He still loves us. Why? Because He does! And John 3:17 proves this: “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Think of it! The One who sees our sins and knows our deceitful hearts sent His Son to save us from the penalty we deserve because of our sin.
We may be able to fool our friends as to the reality of our faith, but we can’t fool God. It is time to get real about what God’s eye in the sky sees. It is time to change our relationship with the One who sees everything.
By Bruce Collins
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA. Website: www.gtpress.org