You Are Being Watched
Knowing that we are being watched can either be unnerving and totally disconcerting or very much appreciated. If we are being watched by a stalker, or by a seedy looking character, or a particular prisoner while “inside” a correction facility conducting a worship service, then being “watched” may be cause of alarm. However, if we are being “watched” by security personnel for our safety in a public place, or watched while we perform for an audience, or we are watched to see our response to a marvelous surprise that has been given to us, then being watched is perfectly acceptable.
In life, we are ever being watched. Our steps are ordered by the LORD. (Ps.37:23). All my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. (Ps.139:16). He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. (Psalm 121:5).
The fact that the eyes of the LORD are upon us should be a comfort. For those that are Christ-followers, that is one of the great assurances we enjoy in knowing our God. However, for those that seek to live devoid of God’s will, away from God’s provision, and outside of the law of God, then the fact that God is ever watching is threatening to the godless. Their interpretation of an “all-knowing” and “all-seeing” God is that he is invasive, irritating, and irrelevant.
Through the ages, the men and women of God found their greatest joy and comfort in the fact that God is watching over us always…….
Proverbs 15:3 – The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good.
Psalm 121:8 – The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in; from this time forth and forever.
Psalm 34:15 – The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.
A little boy was eagerly looking forward to the birthday party of a friend who lived only a few blocks away. When the day finally arrived, a blizzard made the sidewalks and roads nearly impassable. The lad’s father, sensing the danger, hesitated to let his son go. The youngster reacted tearfully. “But Dad,” he pleaded, “all the other kids will be there. Their parents are letting them go.” The father thought for a moment, then replied softly, “All right, you may go.”
Surprised but overjoyed, the boy bundled up and plunged into the raging storm. The driving snow made visibility almost impossible, and it took him more than half an hour to trudge the short distance to the party. As he rang the doorbell, he turned briefly to look out into the storm. His eye caught the shadow of a retreating figure. It was his father. He had followed his son’s every step to make sure he arrived safely. (Copied).
Like the little boy in the story above, we are never outside of God’s vigilance and care. Even when “bad things happen”, we know that God was there with us in that moment of sorrow and He is with us and our family in the days following to bring comfort, restoration, and peace. He is not “a God who is out there “somewhere”. But, He is “a very present help in a time of trouble”. (Psalm 46:1). That old song said it….“His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me!”