As a pastor, one of the truths you learn pretty early on is that repetition isn’t just good, it’s essential! A colleague of mine once said, “When you’re getting really tired of repeating that announcement about the children’s ministry meeting, many within the congregation are just beginning to tune in and notice it.”
God knows all of us have a little bit of A.D.D. (attention deficit disorder). Stated more plainly we can all be a little thick headed. So, God repeats those things that we need to understand, again and again.
"Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, 'Who sees us? Who will know?'” (Isa. 29:15)
Did Adam and Eve really believe that if they hid behind a bush God wouldn’t find them? Did Cain think that by killing his brother Abel out in the field, God wouldn’t notice? What was David thinking with that whole Bathsheba cover-up thing?
“…you may be sure that your sin will find you out.” (Num. 32:23)
King David sang…
“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Ps. 139:7-12)
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned,but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. (Jn. 3:16-20)
Paul admonished us saying…
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:7-8)
On the other side of this GOD SEES ALL coin is found a wonderful promise...
Every selfless anonymous good deed—performed purely out of love for Him...
Every moment spent in silent prayer...
God is aware--He sees and hears it all. And in Christ, He is with us and for us! This is why Jesus was so adamant in Matthew 6 about teaching us not to live our lives seeking the praise of people, but to do what we do out of pure devotion to our Heavenly Father. “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” (Mt. 6:4)
Let’s live today aware of both Isaiah’s admonishment and the Hebrew writer’s encouragement. He writes, “God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.” (Heb. 6:10)
Walk humbly with God today (Micha 6;8)—with a surrendered heart, knowing that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1) and hat your Father—who knows the very number of hairs on your head (Mt. 10:30) and who sees all—is with you!
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