Late last year, the nightmare for all who love liberty upset the world’s romance with technology. China endeavors to develop facial-recognition software which can identify any of it’s 1.3 billion people in three seconds! It grows worse because it is reported they plan to establish a loyalty monitoring system which will estimate a citizen’s trustworthiness based on their obedience, attitude, and patriotism.
Quite disturbing isn’t it? We are mortified with the very idea of such invasive research. People with that much power will certainly use the technology for an ignoble reason.
In Genesis 16, Hagar flees her abusive employer but is confronted by the angel of the Lord. She realizes she is not alone. The Lord heard her cry and chose to bless her. She calls the place where she encounters this truth Beer-lahai-roi which means “God who sees me.”
Later, Abraham falls upon his face in a posture of worship, but says in his heart, “Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear” (Genesis 17:17)? He said all this in his heart while everything else about him was “worshiping.” Did he fool God? Not for a moment. “Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed,” God said (Genesis 17:19).
We live in a culture where we are accustomed to hiding. We disguise who we really are and what we really think. We take cover behind positions, platforms, and personalities. We conceal the parts of our lives that cause us shame or embarrass us. We hide behind social media posts and pictures, attempting to show the world the identity we want them to see.
Are you genuine? Do you have all the right motions and postures of worship, but in your heart cords of doubt hold you down? We might be able to disguise portions of ourselves from the world around us, but we have no masks when it comes to God and how He sees us. We can’t hide from God or convince Him we are something we’re really not.
Do not fear the Lord’s watchful eye. Already knowing everything about you, He still chooses to love you. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). He sees your obedience, attitude, and loyalty, but not for some twisted purpose. Instead, He wishes to reward those who are faithful.