The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
The Eyes Of The Lord
It takes a beam of sunlight 490 seconds at the Sun’s closest distance to reach earth and seventeen seconds longer at its farthest distance. The earth is dwarfed by the size of the Sun, but at its greatest peak, the Sun can only shine upon half the earth. While one part is full of sunshine, the opposite side is cloaked in darkness. Much of the land bathed in sunlight is hidden in the darkness of mountains, deep valleys, and caves. The brilliance of the Sun only penetrates less than 50% of the earth’s surface. There are limitations to the ability of man to see around the world. The sphere of the earth’s surface only allows man to see about two to three miles with the human eye. Eagles and other birds of prey can see four to five times farther than the average human can. Technology can help men see further, but limitations remain because of the nature of the earth’s globe.
It is impossible to fully appreciate or understand the knowledge that God can see in every place. Part of the problem rests in the inability of the human mind to grasp the concept of a Being that can see a child in China eating rice and at the same time watch a woman in Glasgow, Montana deliver mail. Two opposite geographic points are six thousand miles apart, and God sees everything simultaneously with no deviation or blurring. He is God. His omniscience is testimony to His character and power. In the thousands of years of human existence, there has never been a time when man could match the all-seeing eye of the Creator. The Lord saw Cain kill his brother Abel. Abraham lied about Sarah being his wife, and God heard him. David tried to cover up the murder of Uriah following his adultery with Bathsheba, but the Lord knew everything. Jesus told Nathanael He saw him sitting under the fig tree. The Lord God is in every place at all times.
There is bad news for those who seek to hide their actions from the Lord. The eyes of the Lord are watching everywhere and seeing what the wicked do and what they say. No man will escape the judgment of God because He knows everything an evil man has done, what he has said, how he has cheated others, and what he has tried to hide. Everything done in darkness is done in the light of God’s eyes. Judgment is complete for all men because it sees everything all men do. If a person is condemned to perdition, it is because of the full knowledge of God seeing what they have done (or not done). The righteousness of God is determined by His ability to see everything and in every place. Whatever sin goes unpunished in this life will not be forgotten by the eyes of the Lord in eternity.
The good news for the righteous is the eyes of the Lord are in every place, seeing the glory His people give Him. There is a sense of trepidation to know God sees everything, but it is an invitation of inquiry, investigation, and examination for the man of holy character. There is nothing to be hidden. The pang of failure will always be present in sinful man, but through the grace of God, He sees the good in the heart and a willingness to be faithful. No child of God (without exception) is forgotten by the Father. Whatever trials a Christian may endure in Vietnam is known to the same God that sees the troubles of His faithful people in Nicaragua. The ever-present eyes of the Lord are a blessing to know He sees, He cares, He desires, and He longs to help His children. It can seem like a cold and dark world where no one cares. This will not be the case for the people of God who look up into the heavens and declare the omniscience of a loving God who knows everything about them. What a glorious thought. How inspiring to believe in God’s love.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good, and that is good, and that is bad. There is glory for those who open their hearts to the eyes of the Lord. Suffering and horror will come to those who try to hide from a God that cannot be hidden and will not be hidden from. No mountain top or valley deep will hide man from the eyes of the Lord. The deepest oceans are drops of water compared to the vision of what God sees. Darkness is as bright as the Sun to the eyes of God. He sees everything. What does He see in your life? One day it will matter when eternity begins what the eyes of the Creator have seen. Let Him see your heart in obedience to His word and your life in faithful service to His Son, Jesus Christ. Open your eyes and see God.