Imagine sitting at a stoplight next to a police car. Suddenly you step on the gas and race through the red light. Who in their right mind would expect to get away with such brazen behavior? After all, do police officers not see what happens right in front of them?
Likewise, who would ever commit deliberate sins right in front of the Lord and expect to get away with it? And yet each one of us is guilty of that very thing.
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
It is critical that we grasp the reality of our sinfulness in God’s eyes. Otherwise, we think that our sin is no big deal. We assume that we won’t be punished for our sins as long as we try to do a little better next time. The reality is that “trying to do better” does not wash away a single sin. Only the blood of Jesus washes away sins, period. (Ephesians 1:7)
Moses warned the Israelites about the danger of disobeying God. “You will be sinning against the Lord; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).
Adam and Eve thought they could hide their sin from God.
Who were they kidding?
“Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8).
Adam and Eve quickly discovered that it is impossible to hide from your Creator. God sees and hears everything.
“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).
Scripture offers this warning to anyone who assumes that God is not aware of his sinful behavior.
“Take heed, you senseless ones among the people; you fools, when will you become wise? Does he who implanted the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see? Does he who disciplines nations not punish? Does he who teaches man lack knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man; he knows that they are futile” (Psalm 94:8-11).
Nothing is outside of God’s purview. And yet we often act as though God is not privy to our thoughts, words, and deeds. We act as though the Lord is probably too busy with other things to be noticing the ways in which we deliberately breach the boundary lines God has established. These boundaries were set in place by our Creator in order to protect us, rather than to limit us.
“This is what the Lord says – your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:17-18).
In other words, “Know God, Know Peace; No God, No Peace.” We never win when we live in sin. It is a dead-end street. “There is no peace,” says the Lord, “for the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22).
The fact of the matter is that God sees and hears everything we say and do. He even knows every thought that enters our minds.
The Apostle Paul described “the day when God will judge men’s secrets through Jesus Christ” (Romans 2:16). We must always remember that our secrets are never hidden from God. Just imagine living every moment with full awareness of that reality, and being motivated by Christ's love to commit your daily thoughts, words, and behavior to God's plan for your life.
Perhaps you currently have no interest in doing God’s will. Do you realize that God can change your heart and give you the desire to serve him wholeheartedly and consistently? In fact, millions of believers in Jesus Christ are engaged in that noble pursuit every day. I didn’t say Christ's followers are perfect. In fact, Christians are far from it. But believers in Jesus truly want to live for him, and in many cases are even willing to die for him.
What about you? Do you live with the constant awareness that God sees and hears everything you say and do? Do you realize that there is a way to rise above the fear of being punished by God? The Gospel is astonishingly good news for people who have sinned against God’s perfect standard. In the Gospel, we find forgiveness for our sins. And through faith in the Gospel, we have been granted everlasting life with the Lord who loves us and willingly gave his life for our sins on the cross. (Romans 5:1-2,9)
Have you placed your faith in the Gospel? Have you trusted in Christ’s death on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins? If not, you are outside of God’s family, and you are lost in your sins. But through faith in Christ, you can be found today. You can be saved, redeemed, justified, born again, and forgiven. If you will receive Jesus as your Savior, God will essentially “credit your account” with the riches of forgiveness. Your sins will be completely washed away!
“Whoever conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
Here is a prayer you may find helpful:
“Dear Jesus. Please wash me with your precious blood. Forgive my sins and change my heart. I want to be a new creation in Christ. I want to do things that are pleasing to you. I want to live with a constant awareness that you see and hear everything I do, and I am grateful that you love me with an everlasting love. Please fill my heart with the power of the Holy Spirit. And help me dear Lord to earnestly seek to do your will everyday. In your holy name I pray. Amen."
Dan Delzell is the pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Papillion, Nebraska.