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“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” ~ Proverbs 15:3

In thundering tones, Solomon tells us of the utter uselessness in attempting to hide or conceal any thing from God. Not only does he see all things but his omnipresence is everywhere (Psalms 139:1-2; Proverbs 5:21). Just think about this, not only does the Lord see all but he knows the thought, and the motive behind every thing we do (Psalms 94:11). This is one of the great lessons that all people need to learn. Some in time past have been brought to a realization of this attribute of God in a very awesome way. Adam learned that God knew what he had done and that it was futile to attempt to hide from God (Genesis 3). Achan coveted some Babylonian garments, some silver and gold, took them, then tried to hide what he had done (Joshua 6:17-19; Joshua 7:19-27). Neither Adam or Achan could hide from the eyes of God what they had done. Both had to account to God for their conduct and they suffered the consequences of their transgressions.

What tremendous emotion should be stirred within each of us today as we come to the realization that we are exposed completely, laid bare to the all seeing eye of God. The Hebrew writer expresses it this way, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13). All things naked and opened, every thought, every act, every motive, everything simple laid bare to the eyes of our God.

This is both a fearful thought and a comforting thought. Fearful for those who harbor secret, unrevealed thoughts, acts, desires that are sinful. Unknown to man perhaps, but not unknown to God! Fearful to those who do not love, obey and serve God. The judgment day could be faced calmly by these people if somehow all sinful acts could be kept secret from God but alas that is impossible (1 Corinthians 4:5; Romans 2:16; Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

It is a comforting thought to the faithful child of God because it assures that we are always visible to our God and because he knows our circumstances he is able to defend, comfort, guide and sustain us always. As a child of God we find hope and confidence in the knowledge that there is an all seeing, all knowing God ever hovering over us (Psalms 34:4. 7, 15, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:3;Hebrews 1:14; 1 Peter 3:12-13; 2 Peter 2:9; Psalms 48:14).

Article by Charles Hicks

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