The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
Watching the evil and the good.
– Proverbs 15:3 NASB
This proverb sets forth a simple idea – one that shouldn’t be all that controversial. It’s saying that nothing is taking place anywhere of which God is unaware. Seems straightforward and simple, doesn’t it? It does. Yet it is one of the truths most often ignored by human beings.
A theologian would say, “God is omnipresent and omniscient.” A child would say, “God is everywhere and knows everything.” Yet both the child and the theologian are saying the exact same thing. If this bit of information is so widely known – from the most educated down to the least educated – we should expect that practically all people would live with this thought in mind – yet apparently very few do.
So many people ignore this fundamental fact, Jesus had to warn us in the Sermon on the Mount:
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
– Matthew 6:1 NASB
He would go on to say in that sermon:
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
– Matthew 7:13-14 NASB
Jesus is telling us that few people live as if “the eyes of the Lord are in every place.” He would even later say of Israel’s most religious leaders:
“…they do all their deeds to be noticed by men…”
– Matthew 23:5 NASB
Remember that this idea of God seeing everything was not something new that Jesus introduced. This had been a fundamental aspect of thinking about the Creator from the very beginning. And, yes, it was also forgotten from the very beginning – for otherwise, how could Eve have fallen for Satan’s trick if she had been remembering that God was watching?
Jesus Christ did, however, bring something new to this idea that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place.” Ever since Jesus was raised from the dead and declared to be Lord, we’ve known that the eyes of the One watching us are the eyes of the One who hung on the cross for us.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, help me always remember that You who died for us, always watch us…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.