“For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.” Proverbs‬ 5:21‬

Perhaps you do not consider the implications of being watched. Among the panoply of spiritual beings said to see into our world, none is more pervasive, interested, and involved than God himself. Everything is in his purview, without any strain to his perception or cognitive reach.

This means that we are never truly alone. Just as a person who is standing in the room knows our actions, everything is seen by him. We are not private. The shades are up on everything we do and think. Though other heavenly beings, good or evil, also may see us, God always does.

And God ponders our actions, imaginations, and purposes. This is both a comforting and alarming reality that should have effects on our behavior and thoughts. A parent only approximates such observance, catching subtleties in the child’s behavior and thought processes that others miss; God always reads us accurately.

How this should arrest our attention and alter our behavior is for me and us to weigh and respond to—but is not to be dismissed.

“Nothing is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is open and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.” (Hebrews 4:13)

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