When our seventh child (a son, who will remain unnamed to protect the manifestly guilty) was being home schooled along with the rest of our brood, he steadfastly resisted the notion of being educated almost everyday in one particular school year when he was an elementary student. Usually, it was enough for his mother to say, “I’m going to call your father!”, and he would sullenly put his nose to the grindstone. He was not the only child of ours to suffer from this common malady, but his affliction was persistent and difficult to cure.
Since I was the principal and sheriff of In His Steps Academy, it was my responsibility to keep the wayward lambs amongst my flock in line. Unfortunately, I worked 25 minutes away from home and could not easily drop by at a moment’s notice, so I had to deal with stubbornness after school, which is not nearly as effective as immediate attention to unacceptable behavior. Being the highly intelligent progeny of his father that he is, he soon realized that “I’m going to call your father!” produced no immediate consequences, so his sullen recalcitrance continued unabated. (He was becoming more like his mother every day). So, his beautiful and creative schoolteacher Mom seized upon the idea of videotaping his conduct for his school principal Dad to review with him at the end of each day in full living color. What an amazing and immediate transformation in number seven’s behavior!! He became a model student in one single day. We never had to review a single day’s worth of video. The mere threat of personally reviewing bad behavior in living technicolor with “your father” was sufficient to create a willing and compliant student eager to learn and obey. If ever he started to get even slightly out of line, his helpful older sisters would point to the bright red light on the front of the video camera and say, “Number seven, there is the red eye of God watching you!!” He would quickly apply himself to his studies with alacrity and without another complaint.
I don’t know what color God’s eyes are, but I do know that “the eyes of the Lord roam to and fro throughout the earth to strengthen those whose heart is fully devoted to him.” (II Chronicles 16:9) God sits upon the throne of the universe. He sees all and knows all, and nothing happens to you or me that is not first sifted through His all knowing and all loving hands. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without His knowing about it. He knows and He cares. “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” He looks for the righteous man who is fully committed to Him to come to his aid, to defend him, to strengthen him. This is a source of great comfort to the man whose heart is seeking after God.
On the other hand, God told Jeremiah that “My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from me, nor is there sin concealed from my eyes.” (Jeremiah 16:17) Like my son could not escape the red eye of the camera, we cannot escape the all seeing eye of God, which should produce in all of us the same reform that it produced in my son. The fear of his father was a healthy and reformative influence. The fear of God should produce in us right thinking and right living since we know that “we must all give account to Him from whose face the heavens and earth flee away.” “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” (As my patients tell me, “That’s a good thing!’ “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.” Psalms 128:1)
Now if only I could arrange a bright red light in the sky to remind all of us that the red eye of God is watching us! Do you think the sun would be sufficient?
written by Robert Jackson