“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” Proverbs 15:3
God sees more than the outward actions. He peers into the heart. We can’t hide our motives from Him. His eyes pierce the surface and penetrate into the soul.
How many times have we thought or said, “Oh, I’m sure they meant well,” when we weren’t sure that was the case? Motives and agendas are often hidden. The reasons behind people’s acts can be misinterpreted. We may not see the truth of others actions due to our prejudices, our own guilt, or our anger. Or we may be blinded by false trust, gullibility, and naivety.
Others may, in turn, misjudge us. We try our best to do what is right, but flub it, and then get criticized. Maybe we become a scapegoat for someone who doesn’t want to own up to their own mistakes and finds it easier to point to us as the source of their problems. God sees that as well.
Of course, if we do something wrong, there is no hiding that from our Lord either, is there? When Achan sinned and stole plunder from the Canaanites, Joshua called him out on it: “Then Joshua said to Achan, “My son, give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel, and honor him. Tell me what you have done; do not hide it from me” (Joshua 7:19).
By confessing, we honor God and acknowledge that His eyes never miss anything. That He sees all — the good and the bad, the honorable and the wicked. And when we do falter, even if we tried our best, He sees that as well, even when others don’t.
Dearest Lord, let us always honor You foremost. If we do something wrong, let us not try and hide it from You. If someone wrongs us, let us be comforted by the fact that You see all, and when our plans fail, may we find comfort in the fact that You know our intentions even before we act. In your son, Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Julie Cosgrove
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