THE ALL SEEING EYE
By Wayne S. Walker
"He has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’" (Psalm 10:11). The tenth Psalm has as its theme "confidence in God’s triumph over evil" and basically describes the wicked man: his attitude in vs. 1-4, his actions in vs. 5-11, and his punishment in vs. 12-18. One of the actions of the wicked man is to put God out of all his thoughts and plans. Even if he thinks that there might be a "god," such a being to his thinking would be so weak and impotent in the face of his own self-importance that "it" would forget all the evil that he does, or just ignore it, or perhaps never even notice it.
Because God is not a physical being who is visible here on earth, it is easy to forget that He is all knowing and all seeing. Yet the Bible definitely teaches that "all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). I can recall when I was very young asking my grandmother, who probably heard me use a naughty word and told me that God did not like it, if I went into the bedroom, hid under the bed, and said the naughty word so that she could not hear it, would God still hear it. Of course, she said, "Yes." It is not only children who think that God does not see when someone else does not see.
There are adult Christians who would not think of uttering a curse word in the presence of a brother in Christ but who will frequently use such language on the job in front of others. Some would never go to swim wearing the common immodest apparel for that activity with members of the local church but will do so while on vacation at a distant beach in front of strangers. The brethren may not know, but God does. "Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You" (Psalm 139:12).
God is certainly not just a mean old ogre who is watching everything we do just so He can catch us in an evil deed and gleefully punish us. The fact that He sees when others do not can be a source of great comfort when I am suffering or being persecuted for righteousness. However, it is still true that when I sin, even if others do not know it, He does, and He will judge the secrets of men by the gospel (Romans 2:16). Therefore, both in well doing and in evil doing, we need to remember, "There’s an all seeing eye watching you."