Do you sometimes get that eery feeling that somebody is watching you? You turn around, but no one is looking your way. You pause, then glance around again, hoping to catch whoever it is. Or, you’re working in the kitchen, or sitting at your desk, and that sense of someone standing behind you makes your arm hairs stand on end, so you turn and sure enough, your child was trying to sneak up and scare you. How about when you are alone in your home? Everyone else is gone to work and school, and its just you and the dog, or is it?
It is when we don’t expect someone to be there that we make the choice to do something we probably shouldn’t. Maybe you watch a tv show or a movie that is inappropriate. Or perhaps you read a book that indulges in a romantic affair with a married person. It could even be choosing to eat a whole carton of ice cream because you are depressed!
Another thought is our children are watching us too. They notice the things we say and do, and how we do them. Living at home is a training ground for them, and they are learning good things and bad things, whether we realize they are watching us or not.
What we tend to forget is that we are never alone. Yes, there is always someone watching us, watching over us. Whether we are earnestly praying in secret about something, or cheating on our spouse, the Lord sees it all. That is actually a very good thing!
For me, it is comforting to remember that I am not alone. If I am feeling down and discouraged, knowing He is there really helps me. I can talk to Him about it immediately. Also realizing He is always there helps keep me in check because I cannot hide my actions or my thoughts from Him.
The evil one has his eyes on you too. He is waiting for a moment of weakness in us so that he can take advantage of that. You could even say he brings about those moments and then strikes! Either way, know that your life and its destruction is his target, so be wary of Satan’s intentions and tactics. He too knows you are “alone” and vulnerable to temptations. He knows what buttons of yours to push to cause you to do his bidding, and not the Lord’s. He also knows if you fail to do the right thing, your children will see that, and either eventually follow suit, or despise you for your weakness.
When those weak moments do come, and they will, call out to Jesus. He is there with you. His Holy Spirit is in you, and is working within your heart to be holy and set apart. Recall the armor that God has given to you to fight these momentary battles. The shield of faith, the sword of truth, the helmet of salvation.
These verses are perfect:
“For His eyes are on the ways of man, and He sees his steps.”
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place; keeping watch on the evil and the good.”
“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope for His loving kindness…”
“For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ear attends to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
1 Peter 3:12
Food for thought: Are you glad His eyes are always on you, or would you rather He look away sometimes? Does it make you feel uncomfortable?
Fun fact: The term 20/20 vision means the clarity or sharpness of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. If the earth was flat, we could make out the faint glimmer of a candle flame up to 30 miles away.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Hawkeye