Hebrews 4:13

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable."

Surveillance cameras on the side of a wall.

Our society has experienced an increasing use of surveillance equipment in public places. With the ubiquity of smartphones and the proliferation of cheap video cameras, more and more interactions are being recorded every day. In some ways this is a good development. It allows for increased security monitoring and the apprehension of criminals. On the other hand, the increase in surveillance can also make it seem like everything we do is likely to be captured and uploaded onto YouTube for public consumption.


Hebrews 4:13 reminds us that we are always being watched, but it's not by who we typically think it is. It's not big tech or the government who is monitoring us the most. We are always being watched by God. He sees our every move. Nothing we do is hidden from him; still, most of us act like he's not there or, if he is there, we assume that he doesn't care.


For today's devotional exercise do some people watching in a public place. Pick a comfortable spot and notice how people interact with each other. Now think about how God is always watching your interactions. Does the fact that God is aware of everything you do give you security or apprehension?


(New Living Translation; photo credit: Scott Webb via Unsplash)

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