Depending on what you are doing, being seen can be a positive thing or a negative thing. If you forget to lock the bathroom door and someone walks in, negative thing. The boss FINALLY notices something you’ve been doing for months to help the company? Positive thing.
Solomon wanted to be seen by the children of Israel as he offered worship to God. Throughout the Bible we see verses that condemn worshiping or praying so that others can see, so why is this situation portrayed in a positive light? Solomon was the leader of Israel and responsible to God and to the nation to set the example by his leadership. In 2 Chronicles 6, we see three ways in which Solomon sets a good example. First, he worships in humility. Even though he was the king, he got on his knees before the God of heaven and extolled His greatness. For a king to declare the greatness of another is a definite demonstration of humility. Secondly, Solomon requests forgiveness based on the repentance of God’s people. You will note the closely tied verbiage between 2 Chronicles 6 and God’s response in chapter 7, where God promises forgiveness and healing if they will repent. Thirdly, by praying in a public place, Solomon shows Israel the importance of their relationship with God. Unfortunately, just a generation later, they begin their cycle of rebellion against God that continues throughout most of the rest of the Old Testament.
1 John 5 is another positive example of being seen (as long as you are doing right!). God sees us. He sees what we do. But we can also see each other. That could be a bad thing, but in this passage, we are shown that seeing each other, even when we fall into sin, is a positive thing. That is an opportunity for us to help our brothers and sisters in Christ bring their relationship with Him back into fellowship. This conviction, repentance and restoration pattern is a sign that we truly belong to God. This book was written so that we can accurately evaluate whether or not we have eternal life, and if we don’t, it shows our need. 1 John is such a powerful book!
In Luke 20, the script gets flipped and now man gets to see God face to face in the person of Jesus Christ. Those who only appear to do right, but have wrong motives stand in staunch opposition to having Christ there. They challenge his authority, He rebuts with a parable that demonstrates their rejection. They try to trip him up, and he answers in a way that leaves them speechless. All the way through this passage, Jesus answers with wisdom and authority.
While we don’t have Christ standing with us in person today, we have the Bible which clearly shows us his character. In a similar way to the Pharisees, when we see God’s character, it shows us the ways in which we fall short. Often, whether in our marriage relationships, our relationships with our children, and even in our relationship with God, knowing our own failures puts us on a defensive attack. Rather than responding like the Pharisees, we ought to follow Solomon’s example of responding with humility and dependence on God.
God sees you, we see each other, and we, through the Scripture see God. You ARE being watched. What will you be seen doing today?