Pleasure in the Proverbs – In Every Place?

We are all familiar with the song about Santa, he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake. Right it is fun, and reminds us of childhood and gifts. Well, did you know we could sing those very words about God. Maybe that is the point of that old song in the first place, I don’t know.

Proverbs 15:3 says, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

My first reaction is, In Every Place?

Now let me explain as that question comes from different places depending on the place. You see we all have pain, suffering, disappointment, frustration, etc. that we deal with. Many times, our human (sin) nature tries to convince us that no one understands, no one knows. It tries to lead us toward loneliness and isolation which will result in more pain and despair.

The truth is, the eyes of the Lord are in every place. That’s right, in the place where your greatest struggle comes, where you feel your greatest pain, God sees. He knows, He sees, He is keeping watch on you in every place. There is no reason to move toward isolation instead, seek help through our loving God who knows and has established the church as people who are seeking Him and serving each other. God has established a people (called the church) that He desires to use to help one another.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

God sees, God knows, and He wants us to help each other through the struggles and pains of life. When we carry each other through difficult seasons we are fulfilling the law of Christ, we are loving our neighbors.

In Every Place? Yes, He sees it all. Turn away from the inclination of isolation and instead turn toward God and His people.

Now there is another perspective to this question, In Every Place? Yes, He is keeping watch on the evil too. There is no such thing as a secret place where you can get away with something. But no one will ever find out. Really? In Every Place? Jesus’ ministry was filled with calling people to repent from their ways and instead turn to God and His ways. Why? In Every Place. He sees it all and knows it all, He knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake.

That’s right, choose what is right because He really does know and He does care just as He cares about your pain. Why does He care? Jesus says He came to give us a full or abundant life. The Bible tells us our choices to choose God’s way or not are a choice of a blessing or a curse. Why does God want you to follow His ways? They are right and with them comes blessing, comes freedom. Not necessarily always material blessing which is normally all we consider in our current culture. But a life that is full, a life that abundant, a life with less guilt and shame. A life that is free to choose to be the person God made you to be and do the things God made you to do.

In Every Place. How does that truth change the way you live? He knows, choose Him.

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