19th October 2018

Where E’re You Walk

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NIV)

We often see Closed Circuit TV images of “wanted” men and women on our television news. We know video surveillance CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras with observation of the input sent to monitors somewhere else. Perhaps, do we also wonder whether cameras pick up our moves as well? And yes, of course they do! Google Earth, which some call a ‘spy in the sky’, has been observing every part of our planet since 2001!

Three thousand years ago King David, in a time of peace and plenty, got up one fine late afternoon and, whilst it was still light, took a stroll on the flat roof where he had been resting in his palace on Mount Zion. In doing so he was no doubt following his usual habits. David looked down because some movement had caught his eye from his high vantage point. What he saw overwhelmed him: temptation quickly came, and as so often is the case, unexpectedly. But he fatally lingered at what he saw: a young and very beautiful woman bathing. The rest, as they say, is history—he committed adultery with Bathsheba and plotted for her husband to die in battle. Read the story in 2 Samuel 11.

Surprisingly, it was at least a year before David’s sins of adultery and murder caught up with him. He was unprepared for the verbal missile from the prophet Nathan. It’s a brilliant parable found in 2 Samuel 12:1-10 and it caught David totally off guard. The story of the rich man taking the pet lamb from the poor man outraged him. He was angry, but Nathan’s rapier-like reply told him “YOU are the man” (verse 5). Ouch. David never saw that coming, but verse 13 shows he was overwhelmed by the emotion of the moment, and he repented like never before. We have that recorded in Psalm 51.

God is always watching over us for our own good. We may not welcome CCTV but we surely welcome God’s grace, love, and concern for all we do.

Father, we thank you so much for the inspiring histories of the Bible which teach us so much about both your love and your justice to all in your beloved Creation, whether King or commoner.

Study by Tony Goudie

About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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