While looking at some fish in a fish bowl I thought how exposed the fish must feel seeing that their every move is open to the view of everyone.
Then while watching television evangelist Adrian Rodgers as he told of our Military capabilities of viewing individual people walking on the streets of any city or place in the world, another thought came to me about how we as human beings do in fact live our lives as if in a fish bowl.
It is not only that mankind now has the capabilities of watching us, perchance they might decide to do so, but that God has told us in His Bible that He watches us at all times. He has the capability to know what we think, see into our insides, knows what is in our hearts and knows what we plan to say before we say it.
I used to secretly (I assumed) think that God must get tired of sitting on His Throne all the time, but on second thought I guess not.
I recall the Scripture text in which David asks, “Where may I go to hide from Your Presence? Look! If I make my bed in hell, You are there.” There is no place where we can be that God does not see us and know us.
I think of another Scripture text in which we are told that, “The eyes of the Lord go to and fro throughout the Earth to see if there are any that obey Him.” Then another text, “The darkness and the light are alike to Him.”
We are also advised that we are surrounded by a “great cloud” of witnesses. Is the cloud the Saints who have gone on? Is it the spirit beings that fill our world and whom we do not see? Could it be ALL of the above? One thing is certain, we do not live in privacy and nothing we do is hidden from God.
This realization of being constantly watched does change a few things I have viewed as facts and this fact of being like a fish in a bowl is both good and inconvenient. Good, if I am open to God and very inconvenient if I wish to hide a wrong act.
I like knowing that God sees my every move. It means that nothing can get to me on a blind side. It means that God sees my good works and the intentions of my heart. It means that when there is sin in me, it won’t shock Him when I talk to Him about it.
So what about the injurious things that people do to one another? Does God see that also? Yes. I think it must give Him great grief. But this is to be known, “Those things done in darkness will come to light.” “Be sure your sins will find you out,” so says God.
Jesus said to, “Go into all the earth and preach and teach repentance and remission of sins.” So I do.
We have all sinned. We MUST repent of those sins. Jesus said so. That takes care of the repentance; and His blood takes care of the remission of our sins when we accept Him as our Savior; “For without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin.” God then looks at us through the blood of Jesus when He is deciding if we can go to Heaven or not.
But there is another judgment for those who are believers in and receivers of Jesus’ substitutional death on behalf of each of us. We will be judged for the rights and wrongs we did while in this body and let it be known now; there is no way to hide anything from God.
Consider yourself as in a fish bowl before the eyes of God.
Can you say Amen?
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES: Zech. 4:10; II Chron. 6:30; Ps. 139:8; II Chron. 16:19; Ps. 139:12; Dan. 2:22; Heb. 12:1; Num. 32:23; Luke 24:47; Rom. 3:23; II Cor. 5:10; Job 34:22