The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 55

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down: you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord" (Psalm 139: 1-4).

As our kids are growing up we teach them to look both ways before crossing the road. We constantly look around us to see who is observing what we do. Sometimes we look about us because we are looking for attention; at other times it may be because we do not want to attract attention! “Being seen” is something that concerns all of us! It influences are thoughts and our actions.

But the amazing thing about our concern for “being seen” is this: it leads us to the false conclusion that we can get away with something just because others are not aware of it! We forget that that there is ONE who sees and hears all we do and say. Isn’t it amazing that we can be so concerned about other people not knowing about what we do or say, and yet we can be so unconcerned about the fact that God knows?

The story goes about a father and a son who were driving down a country road towards nightfall and saw a pumpkin patch a little way off the road. The father said to the boy “keep a lookout while I go and grab a pumpkin”. He got out of the car and disappeared into the pumpkin patch. A few minutes later he emerged with the most beautiful pumpkin the boy had ever seen. Bending low, he called out to the boy “Is anyone around? Make sure you look both ways! I’m coming out”. In typical childish innocence, the little boy called out, “ But daddy, shouldn’t we look up too?”

As Christians we need to remind ourselves constantly that looking up is probably the most important place to look! We should stop comforting ourselves on the basis of how little others know about us (that is, they have seen of our true selves). Instead we should ask ourselves “how do we behave when no one is looking but God?” Our true character is measured by what we do when no one is looking!

In my teen years in college, a kind old Jesuit lecturer used to admonish me: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time; but you cannot fool all the people all of the time!” It was one of his favorite quotes. In real life we know this to be true. “The truth will out”, as the saying goes.

David understood completely his responsibility for his thoughts, words and actions to a God who is all-seeing and all-knowing. We should too!

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