Where’s A Place that God Can’t See Us?
There is a story about a young lady who has her first boyfriend. After a few weeks, the boyfriend brings up the idea of having their first sexual experience. The girl thinks it over and is very conflicted because she is Christian and knows this is not how she was raised.
But the boyfriend is persistent. He continually gives her reasons why it is a good idea, “I love you,” he says. “if you loved me, you will”, he says. “This is one of the best ways we can show how much we love each other”, he continues.
Finally, after much pressure, the girl gives in. She said, “take me to your house, and I will give you what you want.” When they get there, she changes her mind and says she can’t do it here. “Take me to a hotel. I think I would be more comfortable there”, she adds.
When they get there, she can’t go through with it. Finally, she says, “Take me home to my bedroom where I am the most comfortable, and we can do it there.” When they are in her bedroom, she breaks down crying.
The boyfriend is exasperated and says, “Where do you want me to take you? I will take you wherever you want to go.” She says, “The only way I can go through with this is if you take me to a place where God can’t see me.”
God Sees All
God sees everything we do. All the time, every time, without fail. We like to pretend and tell ourselves that we are doing things in secret because “who’s gonna know?” There are times when it’s not that bad. Like the time I passed a note to the waitress that read: Hi, I will order the Diablo Fire wings, but could you please bring me mild? Also, when you get the mild wings, could you please say, “Whoa! Who ordered the Diablo wings?” Because in the restaurant with my kids I want to be the hero. C’mon, who’s gonna know?
These are silly little things we try to get away with. But what about the significant things we do behind closed doors, in that closet, with the light off? We check that box on our taxes to see our refund rise $3,000. We visit that risky website while everyone else is out. We flirt with that co-worker who laughs at our jokes. So many things we do when we think no one who matters can see us. But God sees us.
Wickedness Hates the Light
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to light so that it may be seen that his works have been carious out in God.
In my younger years, I hated this verse and all verses like it. I liked to get into mischief, and verses like this made that task very difficult. Mostly because of the consequences that would follow.
I believe everyone has that older person in their life that gave them great advice as a kid that they completely ignored. Then one day, it popped in their head, and you wished you had listened. I believe that if an older man sitting on a chair on a porch slicing an apple with a knife, then eating that piece of apple directly off the knife, offers you advice,…you should take it.
My older person in my life once told me, “Jesus is watching you!” Whatever, old man. Now that I am getting to be the older man, I wish that older man had throat punched the younger me.
Read: Leaky Brain
As men, we have to get up each day, look in the mirror and decide what kind of man we will be for ourselves and our family. No fancy words I say here will get you to change who you are unless you decide for yourself to be better. It’s hard to step into the light.
Just imagine coming out of a movie theater outside at 3 pm. But in that scenario, the light gets better because we get used to it. Live your life in the light. Don’t make the preacher have to lie at your funeral. You won’t ever have to be ashamed. You will never have to worry about going to a place where God can’t see you. That place does not exist.
Prescott Williamson is a Bible-believing Christian. He is a husband, a father, and someone who believes that there is a little humor to be found in whatever situation God sends your way. He was born in the small islands of the Bahamas but now lives in the Suburbs of Fort Worth Texas, which is basically the same thing. He enjoys TV, reading, blogging and serving in his church (especially on the days they serve donuts). You can see what I have been thinking about lately on my blog www.prescottascoolbreeze.com.