Always Watching

"He sees everything!"


Depending on who you are that is a scary statement. As Amy and I were driving out of Aberdeen there was a highway patrol car sitting just west of Perkins watching for speeders from a parking lot. I'm sure there were many who quickly hit the brakes and hoped his radar hadn't noticed them. It was the second patrol car I saw yesterday. The other was driving on a 55 mph stretch of county road. In both cases I was unconcerned as I knew the speed limit and was following it. Therefore I did what I normally do when I pass a car, highway patrol or otherwise, I waved.


You see, to me the sheriff, highway patrol, and police are not someone I fear. I don't groan when I see one driving through Mellette. I don't wonder if they're coming for me when they pull in front of the school. I am glad they are watching.


I feel similarly when people say things like, "Oh, I better not do that 'God' may be watching." Uh, He WILL be watching. Again, how you feel about that says a LOT about the person you are.


I LOVE that God is watching. There is security when my children drive places, and I pray, "God, watch over them and protect them." There is strength in that when hard times hit and I know that God is with me and watching over me. There is security in that when I ask for His help to prepare a class, sermon, or devotion.


Psalm 11:4-5 reads, "The Lord is in is holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; he examines everyone. The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence." Did you catch that? The Lord is in a holy place watching and examining everyone. What I find humorous is the amount of times that someone looks in my direction and says "Pardon my French, Pastor" after uttering a swear word. I am NOT the Lord. I am another one of those "everyones" being examined. I am living on this earth like you. I am not so holy that I am above other members of the human race. Only God is the righteous One who can "examine" everyone.


Also, you must remember, when you are out of earshot or eyesight of the pastor or priest, you are still seen and heard by God. His eyes are everywhere, and He sees everything.


Therefore, let what He sees in and from you be love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control, "against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23) But this can only happen as I give up my sinful ways and live for Christ. Come to church tomorrow morning or tune into the Facebook live service, as we will be examining this.


But for today, keep it under the speed limit in ALL areas. Remember, God is always watching.


Doug



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