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His Eyes Are In Everyplace


by Jason Moore

 
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Watching the evil and the good” (Prov. 15:3).

It’s a simple proverb, but a profound one. It states emphatically that we must all reckon with God eventually. It says that for every action, every word, every thought men will give an account. Think for a moment about how this proverb applies to the current culture, the days of our lives.

Sometime this week, before dawn, somebody steals from someone else and relishes the thought that they got away with it. But “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching their evil and the good.” They get away with nothing.

On another day somebody says something unkind and uncalled for to another somebody smaller than themselves and crushes their spirit. Nobody cares about them anyway, they think to excuse their actions. But “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” Somebody cares.

During lunch this week a man and a woman secretly forsake their own spouses and meet each other surreptitiously in the park. Arriving back at their respective places of work they call their spouses, chat about their day, tell them they love them before hanging up. And “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” They forsake more than their spouses. They forsake a jealous God who remembers the vows they forget.

In a few weeks when school starts, several young men skip school and drive down to Galveston to play at the beach and drink a few beers. They eat certs and chew gum on the way home, lie to their folks about the day, and tomorrow morning forge a note from their parents to explain the absence. And “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” The Lord made the beach. He knows what men make of it too.

One evening another person gets on the telephone and spreads a little juicy morsel of gossip to a ready listener and brings ruin to someone else’s reputation. No one would know where it all started except that “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.” He knows who started it, and who kept it going.

One night a man will come home and strike his wife and no one will be the wiser for it. But “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching his evil and the good.” The Lord has never shown mercy to bullies. Woe to the man, when the Lord strikes back.

Some young lady will not want to go to school because she’d been made fun of the day before for being too much of a nice girl. She’ll go to school anyway and feel all alone, but “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” She’s not alone. The Lord stands with those who stand for what’s right.

Someone tries to explain their faith to some coworkers. They wrestle to find the right terms and word their sentences carefully but awkwardly. They are shot-down by a barrage of criticisms and sharp retorts and made to feel like a fool. But “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” No one ever loses when they make a stand for righteousness.

Another someone spends part of their lunch writing to another someone who has been discouraged a little note to build them up. And “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” Those kind of notes mean as much to the Lord as they do to the recipient.

One afternoon someone finds out that they have been the subject of someone else’s unkind, untrue, unsubstantiated rumor. They worry whether their reputation can overcome the malicious anecdote. But “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” It’s a man’s reputation with God that matters most. He’ll take care of the gossip.

One evening a man comes home from his work and eats supper with his wife and children around him and leads them all in thanks before eating the meal. And “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” Happy is the home where the Lord is an invited guest.

Late one night some weathered, weary saint closes their eyes to sleep and their heart will stop beating, their lungs will cease to fill with air, and they’ll awake in Paradise. Because “the eyes of the Lord are in every place watching the evil and the good.” The Lord watches His people in the hour of death just as He did when they lived—maybe even a little more closely.

The wages of wrong and the rewards of righteousness may come slowly on time’s side of eternity. And it may never come in this life. But it will come. And when it comes it will remain. Because, “the eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.”