“Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence? If I ascend up into Heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.” – Ps. 139:7-10 (Amplified Version)
God is Everywhere
The Lord is watching everywhere and keeps His eye on both the evil and the good – Prov. 15:3 (Living Bible). God is present everywhere and that is why He is called Omnipotent. Because of this He sees everything, and we ourselves can never be lost to His Spirits. On the one hand, this is good news because it means that those who have a close relationship with God have the assurance that no matter what we do, no matter where we go, we can never be far from God’s comforting presence as we read in Romans 8:35-39. It also means that we ourselves can never hide from God. Nor can we hide any of our actions from Him – He even knows our thoughts – Psalm 44:21.
The knowledge that God is Omnipotent – present everywhere should make us want to do what is right at all times. The following article story, which I read in a Christian newspaper gives much food for thought.
The Two-way Mirror
I saw the mirror at the back of the drug store but paid little attention to it. I made my purchase and left. Later, the son of the Pharmacist, a personal acquaintance of mine, told me about a woman who had a prescription filled in the same drug store. While she waited, the druggist went into his little back room to prepare the medication.
The woman glanced in the mirror and touched up her hair. Then she wandered over to the perfume counter. Being alone and seeing her favourite perfume, she slipped a bottle into her purse. Few minutes later the pharmacist laid the filled prescription on the counter and named a price. The woman asked why it was so expensive. The druggist explained the price of the prescription and added the price of the perfume: “For the bottle you have in your purse.”
Surprised, the woman said: “Oh, I forgot about that!” That mirror was a two-way one, and the Pharmacist had been watching the woman’s every move.
God is always present, always watching. He is Omniscient. He doesn’t need a two-way mirror to know what we are doing.
The Unseen Stealing
A fortune can be made from cheating, but there is a curse that goes with it – Prov. 20:21 (LIVING). It is quite easy to say: “Well, I wouldn’t take anything that doesn’t belong to me”, but there are other ways of stealing. Some people think themselves to be upright because they do not break the law. Yet if they take a little money in a shady deal or slightly misrepresent a product, their character is no better than that of the outright thief.
Concerning any questionable business deal, some businessmen have been known to say: “Well, business is business.” Everybody does it! No everybody does it though but the excuse satisfies the unconscionable people. However, God, who is watching, even though it may be undetected by the customer, sees every shady deal.
There are those who deny it, but gambling may be another way of stealing. The gambler will tell you it’s his business what he does with his money. But that statement is questionable if his wife and children have nothing to eat and the rent goes unpaid.
Christians: the World’s Bible
Christians ought to pay all their bills. Many worldly people judge Christ and His Church by the way professing Christians pay their bills. If a man is a Christian and his grocer is not, the grocer may feel there is nothing to Christianity when the Christian runs up a bill and never pays. The outside world does not read the Bible, it reads Christians.
Stealing From God
Then there is the thievery of stealing from God. This is done by not giving Him His “tithes and offerings” – Malachi 3:8. We must give God what is rightfully His. There is an old saying – “The love of money is the root of all evil;” but the greatest evil about money is when it is stolen from God.
Jesus: God’s Mirror in Your Heart
A man’s conscience is the Lord’s searchlight exposing his hidden motives – Prov. 20:27 – (Living Bible). There is a remedy that covers dishonesty – the same remedy applies to all sin – Jesus Christ in the heart is the remedy! When Jesus truly resides in the heart of the believer, Satan’s temptations are easily overcome.
The woman in the drug store who slipped the perfume in her bag was not accused of doing wrong. Nor were the police called to arrest her and carry her to jail. The Pharmacist handled the woman and not wanting to embarrass her and not wanting to lose a customer, he simply asked for his money. He got it and there is no doubt that the woman was totally honest the next time she entered the store.
The God who is watching handles us wisely. He provides us with a Saviour – His most effective prescription for sin. He sees every misdeed through the ‘mirror’ of heaven, but He also hears every confession. Just as the woman had to pay for the stolen goods, so the unrepentant sinner will be made to pay for every wrongdoing.
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