God Sees (Jeremiah 16:17)

For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.”

Jeremiah 16:17

It is tempting to think that I can hide things. As a kid, I thought I was pretty adept at it. Even now, I sometimes fancy myself skilled at keeping things hidden. My fancy is, however, misleading. I know full well that I am terrible at hiding things from others.

That said, there is always the temptation to think that we can hide things from God. God is not physically present — we cannot see Him or touch Him — and that lack of physicality leads us to think, much as children are wont, that God does not see. This verse, while directed at Israel, does serve to remind me that God does, in fact, see what I am doing.

In this instance, God called attention to the fact that He sees our wrongdoing. And we need that reminder, lest we forget that He is well aware of the things we have done wrong. But it is equally true that He is aware of our good deeds — if any. Whenever I am doing something wrong, God sees it. Likewise, God sees whenever I manage to do something right. It is not an either-or proposition, but a both-and. He sees both the bad and the good I do. The fact that He sees the good is a comfort. That He sees the bad should act as a mitigation.

Am I mindful that God sees what I do? If so, it will show up in the way that I live. I will consciously try to avoid doing those things which I know will displease Him. If not, then I will plunge headlong into wrongdoing without giving a thought to the fact that God sees and that He will discipline those who are His.

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