“God’s watching you boy!” Mother would remind me of this, when I went outside to play as a youngster. She was letting me know if her eyes were not on me- His were. I’m sure she hoped God would watch over me, but she was more concerned about me behaving. She instilled in me an enormous fear of God. My pal’s mothers did the same thing. We’d always ask each other if God thought, whatever we were about to do, was good or bad. Little did we know, if we had to ask it was probably a bad thing. Even little children have a conscience given by God.
“The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth” (Ps. 33:13-14). So Mom was spot on. God has His eye on everyone-everywhere. There is nothing we do that He doesn’t see-nothing! Prior to my conversion, I did plenty of ungodly things. However, I always knew there would be a “payday some day”. Some folk act as if there isn’t, but they know. “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good” (Pr. 15:3).
Because of our mothers, most of us boys stayed on the straight and narrow. After all, you would too if you had God and Mom watching you at the same time. Some may complain that this was not “healthy”. I beg to differ. Our land needs more moms teaching children that God will “get them” if they cross the line. It sounds harsh, but He really will “get you” if you continue in sin. The Bible is full of examples of this.
As children of God, it’s comforting to know the Saviour has His eye on us. It’s the eye of protection. “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers” (1 Pe. 3:12a). Who are the righteous? The believers in Christ. Not that we do everything right, but we try and there is forgiveness if we truly repent. “Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy” (Ps. 33:18).
The flip side is that unbelievers don’t have this privilege. Why would one expect these privileges from a God they ignore? It’s true that God loves us all, but we must follow His formula. It’s cut and dry. You are either for Him or against Him-there is no middle ground! Jesus simply says in Mt. 12:30, “He that is not with me is against me….” The end of 1 Peter 3:12 belongs to unbelievers, “…but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (unbelieving).