“Hey Mommy, when God turns around, can He still see me?”
This was the question proposed by my little Emma. She is going through a lying phase. Her daddy and I both have said things along the lines of, “God saw you Emma, even if we did not,” or “you can lie to me, but you can’t lie to God.” So I am guessing that is what triggered her question.
“Yes, Emma, He can, because He never turns His back to us. He watches everything we do. He never sleeps, or rests but is always aware of what His children are up to.”
I had to giggle at the way she deflated as she said the word. I believe she was hoping that there was a chance she could pull one over on God while He wasn’t watching, like she does with mommy and daddy. Now don’t get me wrong, she isn’t malicious with her actions, it’s little things that she’s been dishonest about.
Some grown-ups can act this same way. Maybe they aren’t committing big sins, just little insignificant sins. They think God won’t see or He’ll overlook their minor offense because His back is turned so that He can focus on the big sinners. Well, they’re wrong.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.”
(Hebrews 4:13 NIV)
There isn’t one thing that falls unnoticed before God. He knows all things, sees all things and hears all things. The fact of the matter is He knows you better than you know yourself so nothing you do surprises Him. And when you stand before Him one day to give an account for your life, His attention will be solely on you. It won’t matter that your sin wasn’t as bad as so-and-so’s. It’s not that God is sitting in Heaven, anxiously waiting for you or me to mess up so He can strike us down. It is because of His great love for us that He cares about every intricate aspect of our lives.