11th July 2020

Who’s Watching Me?

“Listen to my concerns, God, and protect me from my terrible enemies…They are determined to do evil, and they tell themselves, ‘Let’s set traps! No one can see us.’”
Psalm 64:1, 5 CEV 

I don’t attempt to disguise myself by putting on a large hat pulled down over my face or cover myself from head to toe with some odd cloak when I leave my house in case someone is watching me. However in 2013 someone worked out there were nearly 6 million closed-circuit television cameras in the country so we probably don’t get far before we are caught on camera. In London recently it has been estimated that there’s a camera for every fourteen people.

Not only could there be ‘someone’ keeping an eye on me, but with my phone in my pocket, I become a ‘moving dot’ because my whereabouts can be known through GPS. Above me satellites zip through the sky and can keep track of me like celestial bloodhounds whilst I saunter down the road, oblivious of their oversight.

If I wanted to avoid being caught on camera I could walk along trying to spot them but that would involve looking up and I would probably walk into a lamppost. And there’s no way I can see the satellites – I would have to have the sort of vison that only turns up in Sci-fi films.

So I can’t hide from them. However in our scripture we can see that David isn’t concerned about surveillance but about being protected from the plans of his enemies. And they in turn are getting on with whatever evil they are planning, and saying ‘Who will see it?’

Good question. They clearly think that no one will see what they are up to. But God does.  Invisible to our eyes, but totally aware of where we are, what we are doing and what we are saying. Just because he’s not stopping us doesn’t mean he can’t see us. No unseen hand is going to intervene when we are about to do something wrong, nor suddenly put a hand over our mouth as we are about to say something inappropriate, or clout us over the head when we are thinking someone bad. Nor will we feel a pat on the back when we do something good, or go down in the morning and find we are collecting good behaviour gold stars on the fridge.

God has given us the freedom to believe he doesn’t exist. He’s allowed us to get on with our lives and learn first-hand the difference between good and evil. Whilst he sees us and all that we do, it is true that we cannot see him, but one day we all will. We’ll be face to face with him and everyone will know the answer to the question ‘who will see it?’ –   God did.

Father, you patiently bear with us as so many of us make our ways through life believing that you cannot see us. Thank you for opening our eyes to the reality of your presence, knowing that you are with us at all times.

Study by Hilary Buck


About the Author:
Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes.
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Local Congregation:
Grace Communion in Lewes
The House of Friendship
208 High Street

Meeting Time:
Sunday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email:  lewes@gracecom.church


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One Response to “11th July 2020”

  1. Stewart Raeburn on July 11th, 2020 4:01 pm

    Thank you. I was thinking that God sees everything as I watch people walking in a park just now but they likely do not know that. How reassuring that he does so! There are no surveillance cameras to be seen in this park in Glasgow. We are well behaved!

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