Who’s Watching?

Part of living in this modern world is the realization that our privacy is limited. My cell phone knows exactly where I am on planet earth and it can convey that information to a variety of sources (supposedly only ones I allow). I have an I-pass mounted on the windshield of my car so that I don’t have to stop at toll booths driving around Chicago, but every time I drive through a toll at 60 mph it is taking a picture of me and my license plate and recording the exact time I was there. If you shop for something on the internet you know that ads for that product or something similar start showing up on other pages. Some stores track how long you stand a various places in their building so they can trigger ads for things you looked at. The grocery store Christy shops at sends her coupons for the items she buys regularly because it tracks her purchases. If you are reading this, you are on the internet and the fact that you are on this page is recorded.

I was reminded of all that yesterday when I was looking at last week’s worship service live-stream. I deleted it because we had some audio problems which hopefully have been corrected, but before I did I noted that I had a copyright notification. I was informed that I couldn’t make money off that post (we don’t anyway) because it contained copyrighted material. Even though the audio was horrible YouTube was able to recognize the songs we sang. One contemporary song (His Mercy is More) and one older one (This is My Father’s World) are still under copyright. They were recognized by a program and we were notified. That is pretty cool and pretty weird all at the same time!

That made me think of how as a little boy my parents “kept an eye” on me. I thought of how later in life Christy and I might have wanted to go out as a couple and needed someone to “watch the kids.” We want to protect our children so we make sure we know what they are doing. Sometimes mothers are accused of having eyes in the back of their heads. The goal is not just to catch a child in wrong-doing and condemn them. The goal is to protect the child from harm brought about by their own actions or someone else’s.

There is, of course, someone else who always has his eyes on us. Psalm 33:13 says; “The LORD looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man.” That reality should make us fear, and also give us great comfort. Our creator, who controls this world, knows everything we say do or even think. We can’t hide (Ask Adam, Jonah, or David about that), so our sin will always be known. On the other hand how wonderful it is to know that He is watching over us out of his great love. In correcting King Asa, Hanani said; “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” (2 Chr. 16:9). Asa had failed because he didn’t rely on the Lord who is always watching to support his children. Whatever you are facing today, know this – He sees you and he knows what you face!

In Christ,

Pastor Nord