God Is Watching

by Jan Silvious

God Is Watching

A young boy was told that the eye of God is always watching us. He thought a moment and then he said, "I'd like to know what kind of watching it is. Tim Brown watches me in school so he can tell Teacher if I whisper and get me bad marks. But Father watches me in a different way. When I am on the beach, he keeps watch so I won't get in too deep. I like that kind of watching!"

What kind of watching do you believe God is doing in your life? Do you feel that He is waiting for you to make a mistake so He can straighten you out? Or do you believe He is watching to protect you from harm, to keep you from getting into a situation that is over your head? The perspective you have of God will affect the way you live in every other area of your life.

Think about it:

Do you dress modestly to serve as a protection from lustful looks or because you seek God's approval?

Do you avoid certain kinds of entertainment because God has shown you that keeping your mind clean is for your protection? Or do you stay away because He doesn't want His children associating with sinners?

Unless you can relax in the presence of God, you will always feel as if He is checking up on you.

In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we read: "For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him."

Does that statement sound as if God is looking for someone to punish or harass? No, of course not! God Himself is saying, "I want to support you. I want to keep you out of the deep parts of the ocean of life where you will find yourself in over your head. I want to rescue you from drowning."

If you will notice again God's dealings with the people He used to bring about His purposes, you will see that He didn't hover over them, waiting to catch them in some foul deed. Consider Abraham, the friend of God, and David, the man after God's own heart-men who lived as men on this earth, but who, in all their humanity, knew that God was in control.

These fathers of our faith made mistakes. They wandered into deep waters. But God pulled them out and gave them another chance to become the leaders He intended them to be.

God loves you and longs to find in you a heart that is completely His...so He can fully support you. If you will trust Him, I believe you will begin to experience the joy of knowing that He is watching you through the eyes of a loving Friend.

From The 5-Minute Devotional

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