Privacy. Generally speaking when we say that word it conjures up a positive emotion. Though all of us, to different degrees, enjoy the company of others we all can appreciate and enjoy our privacy. As Americans we treasure that right. We balk at the idea of “big brother”, aka, the government or any other governing agency having much, if anything, to do with our private lives. Interestingly, our friends across the pond in Europe are much more open to the idea of less privacy. I was at a conference this past week in which one of the speakers talked about the future of telemedicine and referenced some countries who are already experimenting with implanting chips into people’s bodies that would transmit back medical information, as well one’s financial purchases and physical activity levels, to a physician or other health agency. I’m sure most Americans would echo my thoughts of “keep that chip away from me!”
However, our reading today reminds us of the fact that we are already being observed and that truly nothing we do is hidden. Hebrews 4:13 says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Of course here the reference is to God and the author of Hebrews reminds us that He sees every aspect of our lives. Not only does he see our outward actions but He sees the reason behind our actions down to our most intimate thoughts. For one who is living in sin or living a hypocritical life this verse should serve as a stark rebuttal that we cannot get away with sin. God knows. The end of the verse which says, “with whom we have to do” is a reference to us having to give an account to God for our lives.
Of course this truth can also be viewed in a very positive light. The last verse of the chapter reminds us that because He is intimately acquainted with our lives, we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Our times of temptation and testing do not come as surprises to God. He knows what challenges we are facing each day and is encouraging us to come to our omniscient Father to find the grace and help we need.