God Sees Us at all Times
"For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity (sin) hid from mine eyes." (Jeremiah 16:17)
Rayna's father never allowed her to "sass" her mother. One day, Rayna got very upset and told her mother to "shut up." What Rayna did not realize was that her dad had been standing in the next room and heard every word she had said.
When Rayna heard her dad ask her mom, "Where is she?" she ran into the bedroom, shut the door, moved a dresser in front of the door, and hid under the bed! She was confident her dad would never be able to find her. Calming down, she thought to herself that he probably could not even get into her bedroom. She lay under the bed as quiet as a mouse.
Rayna's "safety strategy" lasted for only a few seconds. She heard the door open and saw her dad's feet standing by the bed. He bent down, looked under the bed, and sternly told her to come out from under it. She stood before him and did not know what to say. Her father did not get upset very often, but the look on his face made it clear that he was very disappointed with her and her behavior. He talked to her about how important it is to honor her mother at all times. Rayna had to apologize to her mom, and she was forgiven, but she will always remember how her hiding spot did not work.
When you do something wrong and know your actions are not pleasing to anyone around you, are you ever tempted to think you can "get away with it"? Do you think no one sees you? There is Someone who sees everything, everywhere, all the time. There is Someone who knows how you are feeling, what you are thinking, and what you are doing this very moment. There is Someone who knows what you will be doing for the rest of your life! There is Someone who cares how you act. There is Someone who loves you more than you will ever know. You have guessed by now Who this "Someone" is. It is God. He is all-seeing and all-knowing.
Just like Rayna's father knew exactly where she was trying to hide, the Heavenly Father knows where you are at all times. You could never hide from Him.
Nobody can hide from God because He sees everything.
» Am I ever tempted to behave as though no one can find out what I am thinking or doing?
» Have I ever tried to hide from God?
» Why would I really want to hide from God?
Truth In Real Life
“Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being a servant of his.”
Born November 19, 1862, on a farm in Ames, Iowa, Billy Sunday would become one of the most popular American evangelists in history. His father was a Civil War soldier who died when Billy was one year old. At the time, Billy was cared for by his mother and grandfather. When he was twelve, he was sent to an orphanage to live.
From an early age, Billy Sunday was a great athlete. He was a fast runner and a good baseball player. He played sports, no doubt, to help keep his mind off of the hard circumstances in his life. The owner of the Chicago White Sox saw him play one afternoon and – even though Billy did not have shoes – invited him to play in the big leagues. Billy Sunday was able to run the bases in less than 14 seconds! In the eight years that Billy Sunday played professional baseball, he played incredibly – stealing 92 bases, setting national records, and making quite a name for himself.
During this time, Billy met a group of Christians from the Chicago Garden Mission who told him about Jesus Christ. He was downtown partying with his baseball buddies when the witnessing wagon pulled up and started preaching the gospel. God got a hold of Billy Sunday’s life that day and he accepted Christ as his Savior. From that day forward, Billy Sunday was a changed man. Everything about him was different.
Billy Sunday became “the baseball evangelist” and gained huge popularity when he preached. Huge crowds gathered to hear his sermons, and he won many souls to Christ. By 1914, he was holding huge revivals around the country. He preached on many important topics, including the sin of drunkenness, and told nearly one million people about God.
Has your life changed since God saved you? In what ways?
2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.