Wednesday, April 1, 2020

There’s An All-Seeing Eye

By Al Behel

     Perhaps you remember the old hymn which says, “There’s an all-seeing eye watching you.”   As a child I was terrified at the idea that somewhere out there was a huge eye looking at me.   The hymn emphasized that “every step that you take this great eye is awake...there’s an eye watching you!”   That was a scary thought to a young boy who was trying to sort our just what kind of God I was hearing about in those hell-fire sermons.   I surely didn’t want Him to catch me doing anything wrong.
     Today, however, I find that this idea brings comfort to my heart and a sense of lasting security.   God is always aware of every step we take, and our every action is under His watchful eye.   He knows where we are at all times, what is going on in our lives, and what challenges will confront us.   As the Almighty, there is nothing hidden from Him, and nothing escapes His watchful eye.  More than that, He knows the intentions of our hearts, whether good or evil.
     King Solomon said, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).   Wickedness does not escape Him, nor does any good deed or act of love.   Darkness does not hide man’s sin.   But God is always aware and awake to every need and every struggle.  I am glad He has an “all-seeing eye.”
     We are told that “the eyes of the Lord search the earth looking for people whose heart is pure toward Him, so He can show His great power in helping them” (2 Chronicles 16:9).   God wants to see man doing good and reward him with His presence and power.   His heart is grieved when we do wrong.  He always rejoices when He sees us doing the right thing.  He shows His great power in helping those whose hearts are pure.
     How lonely and desolate our lives would be without His “all seeing eye.”  Seeing our every step He is able to protect us from enemies within and without if we let Him.  He promises that we are never alone.  
- Al Behel preaches for the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ in Pigeon Forge, TN. He may be contacted through the congregation's website:

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