Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | September 18, 2020

Who’s Really Watching Us

“You (God) know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar.  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” Psalm 139:2-3 (ESV)

If you’re an avid people watcher, you simply enjoy sitting in the Food Court at the mall and observing people who go by.  Perhaps wondering what they are buying, who they are shopping with or the dynamics of their conversation.  But people watching isn’t limited to malls – parks, hospital waiting rooms – anywhere there’s people interacting with life, we can be people entertained.

What’s really intriguing to me is when people are on Zoom meetings and forget their camera is on recording their every move.  I’ve watched people play with their glasses, attempt to fluff their hair, and multi-task.  But the funniest is when they get up and walk out of the meeting as if we didn’t notice.  Or better yet, exhibiting crazy deep thought facial expressions which turn the most boring meetings into quite a circus.  Wish I could say I never fell prey to any of the funniest moments on Zoom, but I’ve had my share and you probably have too.

Keeping it real here but we simply forget the camera is on us.  Sounds a lot like the way we view our lives.  The little white lie which never hurt anyone.  The compromises we slide into when we think no one is looking. The thoughts we’d never speak.  The motives projected covering up our real agenda. The tweets and posts which make us seem like “sweet Bible study girls” when we know the truth that happens when no one else is looking.

When life is hard or filled with injustices, we love and cling to the God who sees all.  However, when we are choosing things other than right living, we attempt to hide what we don’t want Him or others to see. One thing we can guarantee is whatever is hidden always rises to the surface eventually.

Truth is our lives are under a proverbial lens – our God sees all.  We can hide from others, but we can’t hide from Him. Its our natural tendency to seek cover (Genesis 3:8).  Adam and Eve realized real quick that hiding wasn’t an option, but forgiveness was.  While there are definite consequences for our actions, God’s desire is for restoration and redemption.  Romans 8:1 reminds us there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.  His death on the cross covers all our past, present and future sins; however, our goal should never be to step outside the realms of His will.

Every day is an opportunity to seek right living…doing the things which please our God.  Honoring Him with our choices even when we know others are not looking.  Walking in the freedom found in a life disciplined and obedient to the word of God.

“Father, we will never achieve perfection on this earth, but we can strive to keep a short account of sin and walk blamelessly in step with You.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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