The pictures were all too clear! The little girl was struggling to escape from the grip on her arm as the determined man dragged her away. The video camera went unnoticed until the “missing child alert” went out. Then the search for clues to her disappearance quickly turned up the little camera, and the tape was viewed – and broadcast widely on TV.
The phones at the police station began to ring: “I know that man!… It can’t be my neighbour. He seems like such a nice man!”
But it was the seemingly ‘nice’ neighbour; the callers all recognized him: his face, his clothes, even his tattoos. The court-appointed defence lawyer had an impossible task. There was no arguing with the camera.
Another unnoticed camera was rolling one night in a little store. The night clerk was alone behind the counter when a young man came in looking for money or drugs. The clerk refused him. The intruder leaped over the counter, gun in hand, and fired a fatal shot. There were no living witnesses but the videotape that was running showed the whole sequence of events clearly. Another impossible task for a defence lawyer!
Even the small details of everyday life do not escape that continual surveillance. We little realize how often our actions are caught on many little cameras. Technology has made possible a huge network of surveillance, although it cannot compare with the all-seeing eye of God.
That is something to think of with wonder and awe. We know that God is omniscient. He knows all, even the “thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12) – the acts we only think about.
The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, said, “Nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known” (Luke 8:17). If even our sinful thoughts are known to God, we have no chance, through our own efforts, of entering into His holy Heaven. Nothing corrupt or defiling can enter there.
But God has made a way. He gave His Son, His only beloved Son, to die for our sins. Isn’t that just overwhelming? God’s Word, the Bible, says it so plainly: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:7). Sins – covered and forgiven! And it is GOD who covers them, that same all-seeing, all-knowing God who says “their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
Have you admitted to God that you are a sinner and received His forgiveness? There is no way into Heaven without it!
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