“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:9
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
If you have even a casual interest in the news, then you’ve probably heard of Edward Snowden. He is the former NSA employee accused of leaking sensitive data about the U. S. government’s extensive surveillance program.
Apparently, millions of phone calls made every day are monitored, recorded and stored to gather information about potential threats to our nation’s safety. No one really knows how much of our private lives are monitored and known. Millions of Americans voluntarily reveal details about their private lives through Facebook, twitter, Instagram, and many other social media outlets.
One thing is for sure: our private lives are not so private anymore.
George Orwell in his book “1984” describes a society controlled by a government that knows all and sees all. The term “Big Brother” was coined in this book. Even though this book was written in 1949, it is eerily prophetic of modern day society.
Yet, no matter how extensive man’s surveillance is, there are some things they can never know. Man cannot read the mind or know the heart. Some actions and decisions we make from day to day are data that cannot be hacked into.
But there is a God in heaven who knows all and sees all.
“Big Brother” is a scary thought on its own. To know that the government monitors much of what we do and where we go can be frightening. But what is truly terrifying is the “Big Father” who knows every intricate detail of our lives.
Did your eyes gaze at a woman other than your wife today? God saw. Did you harbor hate in your heart for your fellow man today? God saw. Did pride well up within your soul? God saw. Were you dishonest with your time and efforts at work? God saw.
Revelation 21 gives a frightening glimpse into the surveillance program of God:
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened:and another book was opened, which is the book of life:and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Not only does God know and see all our thoughts and actions, but He also records them. Every evil deed is recorded in the library of heaven. Nothing slips past the gaze of God. And we will be judged from these books.
But there is one book that has the sole purpose of recording a single event in our lives. The moment we trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, our name is written in that book. And this book overrules all the others.
Is your name in this book? God sees and knows. If it’s not, ask Him to write it in today.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12