When Nobody Is Looking, God Is

When Nobody Is Looking, God Is

Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the Lord“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord. – Jeremiah 23:24

Integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is looking. There have been a few times in my life when I thought I could get away with the wrong I did because nobody saw me. Or so I thought. When I was a boy, I lived on the third floor of an apartment building. There was an elder woman named Ms. Wilson who kept track of everything us young folks did, and if it was wrong, she told our parents. (Those were the good old days, by the way.)

One day I decided to get even with the, who I called back then, “nosey old woman”. I took several eggs out of mammas refrigerator and sneaked downstairs and busted the eggs on Ms. Wilson’s door. I thought surely she wouldn’t know who did it since she’d made so many young folk enemies. Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. The evidence I left behind got me found out and punished.

Mamma counting her eggs, the number of steps from Ms. Wilson’s door to my door could be counted because of the squeaky floorboards in the hall and Ms. Wilson had runny yolks on her door. The evidence was overwhelming. Like I said earlier, I was found out and punished.

God’s ways can be compared just a little bit to Ms. Wilson. Ms. Wilson watched every move we made and God does the same thing. And when we think we’re dodging God and think no one is looking, God has a way of showing us that we aren’t as slick as we think we are.

We can’t hide from God because His eyes are in every place beholding the good and the evil we do (Proverbs 15:3). He hears and sees all we do. So the best way not to have to answer to the wrong we do is make every effort to do what is right in His sight. If by some chance we error, we have repentance and grace thanks to Jesus Christ. We should do all we can to protect our integrity with God because we’re never out of his sight. And on the day of judgment, the evidence will be presented and we will be judged accordingly.

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