“The eyes of the Lord …”
Modern technology is making it possible for the authorities to have “eyes” in many places. This enables them to sometimes identify and track down offenders – or issue publicity to achieve this. In the Proverbs we see the same point is made. Long before human technology came into being Solomon was conscious that
“the eyes of the Lord are in every place keeping watch on the evil and on the good” (15:3).
Man is only conscious of trying, usually unsuccessfully, to control the evil. However, our Creator is equally conscious of the good and our Proverbs chapter goes on to state that
“the LORD … loves him who pursues righteousness” (verse 9).
“the thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure” (verse 26).
“The LORD is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous” (verse 29).
God’s attitude to godlessness has been demonstrated in our readings in Numbers which describe how so many of the people, unappreciative of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt and losing their awe of God’s presence with them, failed to develop faith and trust in God and in Moses. As a result, they perished in the wilderness. Think what made these people “wicked” in the sight of God! The Creator sees godlessness as no different from wickedness even though their fellow humans would see them as ‘decent’ people.
We read today how Paul calls upon the Ephesians to recognise
“what is the immeasurable greatness of his (God’s) power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead” (1:19,20).
It is impossible for us to fully understand “his power”, but, wonderfully, it is “toward us”! We begin to see that just as God plotted out the pathways of Israel in the wilderness and gave them times of testing, so our Lord plots out our pathways. Paul learnt this and we read his awesome point today,
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
How well are you and I walking? As the world becomes an ever darker place, how vital it is to stay on the narrow way recognising daily that
“the eyes of the Lord are in every place”.