Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” Genesis 28:16
Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? It seems every day we hear stories about digital devices recording our actions and words without our knowledge. In one case, a family conversation was recorded and sent to the husband’s entire email list! Can you imagine? Fortunately, the recorded conversation didn’t contain private information or damaging remarks. What if all our conversations and actions were recorded and shared with the public? Would that make a difference in what we say and do? Why?
A mom used a teachable moment to help her kids understand that every action has an audience…
She was baking in preparation for the Christmas season. On one end of the kitchen counter, she had set a bowl of apples, ready to be put into a pie at the proper time. But with two teenagers in the house, the apples were soon disappearing. Every time she left the kitchen another apple became an easy snack for one of her boys. She really needed every apple for her pies. She wrote a note and left it beside the bowl of apples. “Hands off! God is watching you!” She smiled, maybe this would make her two kids think twice before taking another apple.
The next time she returned to the kitchen she found her note and the apples untouched. However, on the other end of the counter, where she had a plate of freshly baked cookies, there was a second sign that read: “Help yourself—God is watching the apples!” Clever boys but not very wise!
The story makes us smile, but of course we know, as the mom later reminded her boys, that God is everywhere, all the time. He sees the apples AND the cookies at the same time! He sees everything we do and hears everything we say.
You might be able to turn off a digital device, but you cannot turn off God. The reality is, God can watch more than one place at one time. He is everywhere all the time. He never sleeps. He never turns away. He sees you—every minute of every day. How you view God will determine how you react to that reality.
Your view of God really matters…
If every moment of every day you were acutely aware that God was always there—wherever you went, how would that make you feel? Nervous? Guilty? Secure? Live this day in the constant, loving presence of the One who loves you most and is always with you.
Read God’s Word Today…
Jeremiah 23:23-24 NLT “Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the Lord. “No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from Me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the Lord.
GOD, because You are everywhere all the time, I know I am never alone.
Based on the writings of Bill Bright
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