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Thou God Seest Me

He sees.

Those of us who grew up in church singing,

O, be careful little hands what you do.
O, be careful little hands what you do.
For the Father up above
Is looking down in love.
O, be careful little hands what you do.

should know that God sees. Yet this basic of all truths eludes us. There is hardly any other easier to believe truth that reveals our innate unbelief than the all-seeing-ness of God.

There are few more conclusive and continually operating proofs of the depravity and ungodliness of the carnal mind, than its strange, cool, unaccountable, and settled forgetfulness of the very existence and nature of God as an infinite and omnipresent Spirit. Well may it be said to the sinner, if there is anything to which you can give yourself, on Sabbath or on weekday, which you could not bear to have some holy man acquainted with, or in which you could not bear to have some holy man your spectator and companion, what are you better than an atheist? Hugh Martin

We show what we really believe by our actions. When we pay lip service to the omniscience of God, but watch the television without any consciousness whatsoever of His Seeing Eye we show that innate unbelief or flagrant rebellion has the day.

P.S. I wrote this yesterday with the intention of posting it today. I was pleased to find a similar thought on another of my favorite sites! Let me suggest that you read an article on entertainment at SharperIron.org that appeared just this morning. It goes well with my devotional on an All-Seeing God.


One Response

  1. No comments yet? I guess you struck a sensitive spot, Bob!

    Maybe I can stir up a little response by broadening the issue.

    It is true that Christians often grant blanket permission to the television networks to put whatever the FCC will allow on air into the minds of themselves and their families. Most Christians will readily admit that this is troubling.

    What I find Christians generally less willing to consider is the appropriateness of the modern obsession with watching sports, both live and on television. I have met Christian men who are very careful to regulate their wives’ soap opera viewing but grant to themselves unlimited time spent bowing down at the altar of what I have called the Ba’al of our culture–college and professional sports.

    Of course the kneelers are usually couches and the ritual sacrifices of potato chips and other junk food must be eaten by the worshipper himself. Despite these differences there are some striking similarities, chief among them is that sports viewing tends to be, in our culture, our source of joy, satisfaction and strength.

    “A god means that from which we are to expect all good and to which we are to take refuge in all distress. . . . That now, I say, upon which you set your heart and put your trust, is properly your god.” (Luther)

    Of course I’m not saying it is wrong to watch sports! What I am saying is this: watching sports can be a legitimate form of relaxation and entertainment, but in our culture it is most often an idol. And many Christians unreflectively “bow down” before our culture’s favorite god, because it is from that that they seek joy and satisfaction and strength; because that has become their reason for living.

    Gideon aroused a great deal of anger and disgust when he demolished an altar to his culture’s favorite god. Before you write it off completely, consider what is your attitude toward what I have written here.

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