April 30th 2010

Watching Over You

“For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he pondereth all his goings.”

Proverbs 5:21 (KJV) 

A burglar broke into a house one night.  He was shining his torch around, looking for valuables, when a voice in the dark said, “Jesus is watching you.”   He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze.  When he heard nothing more, after a bit, he shook his head and continued.  Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard, “Jesus is watching you.”  Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice.  Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.   “Did you say that?”  He hissed at the parrot.  “Yep” the parrot confessed and then squawked, “I’m just trying to warn you.”  The burglar relaxed, “Warn me, huh, who in the world are you?”  “Moses” replied the bird.  “Moses” the burglar laughed, “what kind of people would name a bird, Moses?”  The parrot replied, “The kind of people that would name a rottweiler Jesus!” 

This is a humourous story, but in reality we could say, ‘Jesus is watching you.’ Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”  My mother used to tell me that even when she couldn’t see me, God could, which made me think twice about misbehaving or secretly disobeying. 

Does this idea make you uncomfortable? ‘Big Brother is watching you?’  Yet, how can he NOT see all?  Jeremiah spoke the words of God in Jeremiah 23:23-24, “Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth?”  And in the Acts 17:27-28 we read, “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” 

Rather than being a disturbing and frightening thought, this should be a comfort to us that he sees the good and the bad. Then we can rest knowing that he is in control and things will work out for the best. Ecclesiastes 12:14 assures us that, “God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  And Matthew 6:4 says that the good deeds that we do in secret will be rewarded openly by our Father in Heaven who sees our secret deeds. 

We can take hope in the fact that he is always near to hear our prayers and watch over us, as we read in Psalm 3:4-5 (NLT), “I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy mountain. I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me.”  1 Peter 3:12 tells us, “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”  I really wanted to use Psalm 139:1-4, 7-12 as the beginning scripture but it was too long, so if you have time, please read this very poetic and encouraging passage. 


In you we live and move and have our being, God. Please watch over us as we live our lives for you with all our strength, with all our heart and with all our soul.


Study by Nancy Silcox 

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