Caught in the Act

God sees everything

The story is told about a woman who went to a small grocery store to buy some food as she was preparing to entertain guests at her house. She stopped at the meat counter and asked the clerk for a large chicken. He reached down into the cold storage compartment, grabbed the last chicken he had, and placed it on the scale. “This one weighs four pounds,” he said.
“I’m not sure that will be enough,” the woman replied. “Don’t you have another one?”
The clerk put the chicken back into the compartment, pretended to search through the melting ice for another one, and then brought out the same chicken, discreetly applying some finger pressure to the scale. “Ah,” he said with a smile, “this one weighs six pounds.”
“I’m just not sure,” the woman frowned. “I’ll tell you what—wrap them both up for me!”

The clerk tried to deceive the woman but it backfired on him. He set out to try to fool this woman but was caught in his own act of dishonesty. He would learn the hard way that, “You may be sure that your sin will find you out,” (Numbers 32:23b, King James Version, KJV). His sin was exposed. He was caught in the act of deception. Now, how was he going to save face? How was he going to fess up to his trickery?

These are the kind of questions we all have to ask ourselves if we’re ever caught in any act of doing something we know is wrong. We may not try to cheat someone like the clerk did, but we’re all tempted to hide or cover up a sin only to get caught red handed in due time. But this is nothing new. Remember what our first parents did in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-14)? No matter how much we try to rationalize and justify what we do, we cannot hide our thoughts or actions from God.

I like what David J. Steward wrote concerning God’s ability to see us:

Nothing is hid from the presence of God. Proverb 15:3 proclaims, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Las Vegas is guilty of false advertising! They guarantee you that the sins you commit in Vegas will STAY IN VEGAS. Well, I have news for you, God is videotaping everything you do in Vegas! What HAPPENS in Vegas IS RECORDED in Heaven!!! God is NOT a pacifist, teddy-bear God, that looks the other way when we sin. No sir, God has promised to hold each and every one of us accountable for our selves (Romans 14:12; Ecclesiastes 14:12; Colossians 3:25). (http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Basics/sin.htm)

The presence of God is everywhere. He sees us and knows us through and through. Like Jonah, we find that we cannot run from God and the mission to which we’re called (Jonah 2:1-10). Like the LORD revealed to Jeremiah, we cannot hide from God in secret places (Jeremiah 23:24) and all our wicked ways are witnessed by God (Jer. 16:17). Like King David learned when he had to answer for the sin of having an affair with the wife of one of his army officers, getting her pregnant, and then arranging to get the man killed, we cannot keep our sins secret from God (2 Samuel 11-12).

David realized that you cannot keep anything from God:

Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence? If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea, even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me. If I were to say, Certainly the darkness will cover me, and the light will turn to night all around me,” even the darkness is not too dark for you to see, and the night is as bright as day; darkness and light are the same to you. (Psalm 139:7-12, New English Translation, NET).

The fact that God is always watching us shows that there is nothing we can do that he cannot see. It’s an ominous thought that someday our all-seeing God will expose to the world every sin we’ve ever tried to hide: “…There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” (Matthew 10:26; also Luke 8:17; Psalm 90:8; ). And when we stand before him, we will all have to give an account of everything we’ve ever done (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

So, whenever we’re caught in the act of anything that we know is wrong, we are left with some crucial choices. We could choose to plead ignorance, or make excuses, or place the blame on others, or deny we’ve done anything wrong. But, as we’ve proven, God knows us and sees us and we will have to give an account on Judgment Day. The best and wisest choice we have to make is to confess our sins to our gracious God and ask him for forgiveness.

David had the sense to humble himself and confess his sins to God when he was caught in the act and he was called a man after God’s own heart (2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51; 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). We, as well, need to make that choice:

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us. (1 John 1:8-10, New American Standard Bible, NASB).

When we give our lives over to Christ, we’ve made an important choice that will enable us to avoid doing the things that get us caught in the act of doing something wrong. This is not to say we will no longer sin or make any bad choices. But by yielding our lives to Christ, we will have someone to turn to whenever we are tempted and he will deliver us at those times. For this, we can rejoice through the hope we have in Jesus our Lord.

In closing, enjoy this inspiring song that comes straight from First John 1:8-9 (Please click on the following link.): http://youtu.be/1fgzBK_UcYM

Good News to YOU!
Pastor Michael

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