God Is Watching

Written on: July 1, 2024

Article by: Jean Volcy

If you knew that God was watching you all day, every day, would that change the way that you live? Guess what? God is watching.

From start to finish, the Bible tells us that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. That means that there is nothing that can be known which God does not know, that He can do all things that are subject to power, and that God is present everywhere at once within the created realm.

Hebrews 4:13, sums it up by saying that, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

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Unlike ourselves who cannot see into the heart of another, God can and does. This is what we find in 1 Samuel 16, when God sent Samuel to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as king.

1 Samuel chapter 16:1-7 reads,

The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.” The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.” 4Samuel did what the Lord said.

When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?” 5 Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

God chose David (1 Samuel 16:12-13), because of what was in the man’s heart. He was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22).

David knew this and reflected it when he counseled his son Solomon. He said to Solomon “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.In 1 Chron. 28:9,

Moses confessed it as well when he addressed God in Psalm 90:8, saying “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” God is watching and sees both the living and the dead for in Job 26:6, we read: “Sheol, the realm of the dead is naked before God; Abaddon (Hebrew word for Destruction) lies uncovered.”

So my friends, be assured that God knows it all. There are no secrets from Him. Nothing escapes the knowledge of God.

God has in turn blessed Mankind with great abilities which may be used both for good or for evil. Progress would not be possible without this potential and it has led to some great accomplishments, including

  • The declaration of Human Rights and the framing of equitable constitutions.
  • Scientific breakthroughs like harnessing electricity, the exploration of space and space travel,
  • Medical advances like penicillin, antibiotics, X-rays, surgical techniques and instruments
  • And infrastructure improvements like global communication networks and cell phones.

The list goes on. But human genius has also led to a false sense of confidence and to defiance against God. Some think that they are smarter than God, and perhaps even in his absence, the closest thing to a god that there is.

But sin is still sin, and God is still God. There is nothing hidden from his sight and He will one day judge the world in righteousness. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Heb. 4:13

God even knows what we are thinking before we say or do anything. Christianity.com puts it this way, “God knows our thoughts, the good, the bad, the positive, the negative, the ugly, and even the sinful because there is nothing that God does not know. He is omniscient and aware of every little detail including our thoughts.”

King David reflected this when he penned Psalm 139:1-4

“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”

And this is significant, for as Paul puts it in 2 Corinthians 5:10, “…we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive compensation for his deeds done through the body, in accordance with what he has done, whether good or bad.

No wonder then that Paul set out to inform and to forewarn. And he did that – even with people who were Christians, writing in 2 Cor 10:5, “We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ…”

False ‘knowledge’ and arrogant assertion will not stand in the day of judgment. God remains ever-present and all-knowing. It is not his will that anyone perish, but that all believe in and obey his Son. But time is of the essence as long as God’s offer of salvation is on the table.

The scriptures tell us how to accept that offer,while there is still time. In Mark 16:16, said, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”

Those of us who have already been baptized for the remission of sins, must continue to remain in Christ so that we can be ready for that day. And if you are reading this article but have not yet obeyed the gospel, it is not too late. If you wish to do so, let me direct you to the nearest church of Christ where we will be happy to assist you.