“I saw you do that!”

As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
1 Timothy 5:20 ESV

Isn’t it interesting that we all have things we do that we hope everyone will notice, and then some things we trust no one sees.

For example, when we do something very generous to a needy person, a little recognition for our efforts is very pleasant. All of us like a little praise and recognition now and then.

I'm not being critical of such actions.

I know Jesus said we're not to let our right hand know what the left is doing and I agree. But, somehow, as sinners, it's nice when people stumble across our generosity and recognize us for it.

However, I'm thinking of other (and darker) things we sometimes do.

For example, the hateful feelings we can easily feel towards someone who has embarrassed us in public.

That smarts!

No one wants to be shown as inept or foolish in public. We want to be seen in the best light.

Or, what about the covetous or lustful thoughts that we willingly entertain in our minds at times?

I know that we can't help bad thoughts from entering our heads, but what we do with them is our responsibility. We can reject them and avoid sin, or we can take secret delight in them—and thereby commit sin.

Jesus said that people love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.

The things we do or think that are wrong, we hope no one sees.

But it doesn't matter if anyone sees us or not. God sees and He takes note of our thoughts and deeds.

In 1 Kings 8:39 it says, …deal with each man according to all he does, since you know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men).

This truth is comforting to those who hurt.

“God knows all about my suffering,” says the hurting person.

Somehow it helps to know that God sees our inner pain and sorrow. But, on the other hand, this truth is discomforting to those whose deeds do not measure up to the mark.

Hence the Bible says in 1 Chronicles 28:9, "…Acknowledge God…serve Him with whole hearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him He will reject you forever.

Make no mistake, God sees you.

Seek Him while He may be found, call out to Him while He is near.

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