For your ways are in full view of the Lord,
and he examines all your paths.
- Proverbs 5:21
“Proverbs 5, in which today’s verse is found, describes a man who pursues prostitutes and pleasures of the world. At the end of his life, he is in poor health, impoverished and alone. Jesus may have had these verses in mind when He told the story of the prodigal son. The younger son’s love for worldly pleasure brought him to a place where pig slop looked good. He returned to his father seeking forgiveness and servanthood. ‘But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him’ (Luke 15:20). Likewise, God sees and loves people even when they are a long way off.”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
My parents did a great job of making me think that they had eyes in the back of their heads. They always seemed to know what had happened at school before I got off the school bus (Note: Not being naughty, but sometimes I daydreamed during class). And they always taught me that God saw everything that I did.
I took those messages to heart. Would God know that I was driving a few miles per hour over the speed limit on an abandoned road in the middle of nowhere? Better not take the risk. Or, would God see me take an extra cookie from the cookie jar, when I was allowed only one cookie while my mother was at work and I was alone in the house? Did Mom count the cookies each day? Better not take the risk.
But what is the focus in all of this? On one hand, my parents taught me discipline and responsibility. But in all this knowledge of God being with us, the focus is to fear God and his wrath. But what of God’s love?
The father of the prodigal son story is watching, hoping that his lost son will return. He is looking in love.
Does our Heavenly Father look down at us in such a way? Of course, He does. Does He look upon us and love us? Of course, He does. Does He see our sin? Whether He does or not, for those who have a personal relationship with Jesus, accepting Jesus as their Savior, God does not account our sin against us. So, whether He ‘sees’ the act, or ‘observes’ the thought or lack of thinking, that is immaterial. He sees us and loves us.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.