Summary: The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov. 15:3).

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The Eyes of the Lord

Proverbs 15:3

John Shearhart

May 29, 2011

Are you familiar with the term deist?

Deism describes the belief that God created everything in existence, but then He backed away and He lets everything sort of play-out. It’s kind of like how a clock maker builds a clock, winds it up, and then walks away from it.

You’re probably more familiar with the term atheist. Atheism describes the belief that there is no God at all. All of creation exists by chance and there is no uncaused Cause.

Our world is full of beliefs comparable to deism and atheism. These are the same ones Peter speaks of in his letter:

There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation (II Pet. 3:3-4).

But I want you to notice something interesting about this verse. The scoffers are those who don’t believe in the return of Christ, and so, as a result they walk after their own lusts. They say, “We’ve been watching for this great work of God, and He hasn’t done anything so far to prove His existence. He must not exist, so we’ll live however we please.”

Now, what if I were to use the terms of deists and atheists on Christians in our church and in our day? What if I were to call some of you functioning deists and practical atheists because you (like them) walk according to your own lusts?

Does it not seem to you like the church is very similar to the world in the way it acts? Is it not because we’ve gone to sleep on the promise of His return? Have we not forgotten His very presence?

What’s the difference between a person who says God isn’t watching and the person who says He is but acts like He isn’t?

Isn’t it far worse to deliberately disobey a God you know sees than to believe there is no God at all? When Saul failed to heed the command of the Lord, didn’t Samuel say, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (I Sam. 15:23)?

It’s a crime of foolishness to deny the existence of God, but it’s a crime of idolatry and witchcraft to disobey His known commands.

This morning my hope is to help us all turn away from rebellion:

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov. 15:3).

Let’s talk about what this means:

#1- Nothing escapes the gaze of the Lord

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov. 15:3).

There’s no place we can go that He can’t see us.

Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? 24Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD (Jer. 23:23-24).

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee (Ps. 139:7-12).

There’s no darkness so black He can’t see. Everything about us is laid bare before Him:

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Heb. 4:13).

Even the things that are concealed to us are beheld by Him:

Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men (Prov. 15:11)?

What happens to a man when he dies? We only know what He has told us, and if He can see these unknowable things, "How much more then the hearts of the children of men?"

We’ve got a machine that lets us watch a man’s beating heart, but we don’t have anything that can measure its motives and intentions.

We’ve got video cameras at every stoplight and we’ve got cameras recording from outer space, but there’s no camera that records every event by every person all the time.

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