Reading: Psalm 10
God is Neither Blind nor Passive
We had a choir at my childhood church that sat behind the preacher during the sermon. There was one particular woman who was always entertaining to watch if my mind drifted. If she wasn’t picking her nose, she was scratching herself, or nodding off, head back and mouth agape. My friends and I would sit in the backrow and snicker at her. She seemed completely oblivious that she was being watched at all. One Sunday as we were entranced by her, I became aware that the preacher had stopped and the room was quiet, and, to my horror, I realized many eyes, not least the preacher (my father), were watching us while we were watching her.
We all know the awkwardness of realizing we are being watched. We become self-conscious and quickly stop doing anything we wouldn’t want others to see us doing.
When we find ourselves struggling with a temptation to sin, part of the temptation is that we think God will not see or that we will not be held accountable for our sin.
Psalm 10:11 (ESV) — 11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten, he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”
The psalmist begins with an incorrect perception that God is passive.
Psalm 10:1 (ESV) — 1 Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
When we find ourselves tempted to sin, whether by thought or action, we must battle against the belief present in our heart that God is passive, forgetful or blind.
God Sees Even When I Can’t.
When temptation gives way to sin, it will often begin with a cautious sense that God might have seen and might judge our sin. When it seems nothing happens, temptation gives way to sin both more easily and more deeply. We conclude that because God has not opposed our sin, He will never oppose our sin.
Psalm 10:6 (ESV) — 6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved; throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity.”
But God does see and God will not remain passive.
Psalm 10:14 (ESV) — 14 But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands…
Our response to this is most telling of our spiritual state. Do you feel threatened or encouraged? If we feel threatened, it is because we love our sin – we want to get away with it and want to believe God will not judge it. We must confront our love of sin. As lovers of Jesus, we are to be lovers of light rather than darkness (John 3:18-21), and as a result, we are encouraged when sin is exposed, even in ourselves, that it might be done away with by God.
We must ask God to expose those areas of our lives where we are living as though He were blind or passive. We must rejoice that the sin God exposes, He destroys. For this reason, let us not just live knowing that God sees all sin, but rejoicing that God sees all sin. We are being watched – and this too is the grace of the holy God.