An officer in a police helicopter spotted a car speeding down the Interstate. He radioed his partner on the ground and the patrol officer in the car stopped the speeder and began writing a citation.
“How in the world did you know I was speeding?” the man asked.
The patrol officer didn’t say anything but pointed skyward.
“Aww,” the man moaned. “You mean, He’s turned against me, too?”
Evidently, the speeder had a guilty conscience. He immediately thought of God’s ever-watching eyes when the officer pointed upward. Not realizing that he was actually caught speeding by the police in the helicopter, he concluded that God was punishing him for breaking the law.
The speeder was correct to think that God saw him and knew what he was doing. The Bible teaches that God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omipotent. The prefix, omni, comes from the Latin word, omnis, which means, “all.” Therefore, God is all- knowing (omniscient); all-present (omnipresent); and all-powerful (omnipotent).
Since God is perfect in knowledge, presence, and power, he is able to look down from his dwelling place in heaven and see everything, everywhere, all the time, at the same time, (1 Kings 8:30). This is hard for us to understand since we are naturally limited, corrupt, and mortal. But God’s perfect nature is such that we cannot physically hide from God. Neither can we hide our thoughts and attitudes and plans from God. His eyes are always watching us no matter what we do or where we go from the time we’re conceived, to the time we take our first breath until we breath our last. He can even see us sleeping in our graves.
Here are the many Bible passages that refer to God’s ability to see everything (New American Standard Bible, NASB):
1 Chronicles 16:9. “For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His.”
Job 31:4. “Does He not see my ways, And number all my steps?”
Job 34:21. “For His eyes are upon the ways of a man, and He sees all his steps.”
Psalm 32:8. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.”
Proverbs 15:3. “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, watching the evil and the good.”
Jeremiah 16:17. “For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.”
Jer. 23:23-24. “Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord, “And not a God far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places so I do not see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
Zechariah 4:10. “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”
Hebrews 4:13. “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
A close look at Psalm 139 reveals all three of God’s “omni” attributes:
Verses 1 – 6 describe God’s knowledge: “O LORD, You know it all.”
Verses 7-12 describe God’s presence: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? …You are there.” In heaven, in hell [sheol, the grave], at early dawn, under the sea, in the dark, in the light, God sees us.
Verses 13-24 describe God’s creative power: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” He sees us being formed in our mother’s womb and knows all the days we’ll live even before we’re born.
Human nature is such that we don’t always remember the all-seeing eyes of God. This was the mistake Adam and Eve made when they tried to hide from God after disobeying him in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:8-10). We also remember Jacob who had such a stirring dream that he was led to declare, “Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it,’” (Gen. 28:16). Then, there was Jonah who thought he could escape God’s presence by sailing another route instead of going to Nineveh where he was supposed to preach (Jonah 1:3). But he realized the futility of his action after God sent a life-threating storm at sea and Jonah was then swallowed by a “great fish,” (Jonah 1:10-17; 2:1-10).
Knowing that God is always watching us, keeps us from doing the things we know we should not do, like speeding. Therefore, we do our best to obey and honor him at all times, calling on him to “search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way,” (Psalm 139:23-24). We can save ourselves from getting into many troubles we create for ourselves by not forgetting that God’s eyes have perfect vision. And he never misses or overlooks anything. His eyes do not blink even for a moment, therefore, all are called upon to repent (Acts 17:30-31).
If we’re not mindful of God’s eyes in the skies, we miss out on the blessings that come with our awareness of his presence. Christians find comfort in the fact that since God always sees us, he is not very far from us (Acts 17:24-28). We can call on him to guide us and provide us with help in times of need since his eyes are never closed in sleep (Psalm 121:1-4). God sees us when we’re sad and counts every tear drop that we shed (Psalm 56:8). God looks upon the heart and sees the potential quality of each one (1 Samuel 16:7). Jesus said there’s not one sparrow falling to the ground that God doesn’t see, “So, do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows,” (Matt. 10:29-31). How wonderful to know that when God sees those who’ve accepted Christ as their Redeemer and Savior, he looks upon them with mercy and forgiveness (Romans 3:20-24; Ephesians 2:13).
Indeed, God sees and knows everything about us and he loves us just like this song says:
Good News to YOU!