PRAYER PROMPT ••• I had to write a paper in college on the symbolism used in “The Great Gatsby.”
Years later, it remains one of my favorite projects; I wish I still had a copy of it.
My favorite part was the billboard for Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, and the line spoken by the character George Wilson, as he reflects on his wife, Myrtle’s infidelity.
“God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!”
He says this as he looks at the decaying billboard, which is symbolic of the eyes of God watching over us.
Of course, this is fiction, but the truth is, God does see all.
In Genesis 16, Sarai, impatient for God to give her a son, jumped ahead of Him and arranged for Abram to take her servant Hagar as a wife so she could have a son through her.
(True to form, when we get in God’s way, we often face unexpected consequences.)
After Sarai’s plan backfired on her, she was horrible to Hagar.
Hagar ran away, but an angel told her to go back.
In verse 13b, Hagar said, “You are the God who sees me.”
God also sees me, and He sees You.
We cannot hide from His eyes that see our every action, nor can we hide from His mind which knows our every thought…
Or His ears which know our every word spoken.
In Matthew 6, Jesus spoke of how God sees us.
When we do good deeds (verses 1-4), when we pray (verses 5-13), and when we fast (verses 16-18).
The oft-repeated statement behind each of these actions is, “your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
When you read the verses, you know the reward is based on us doing these things privately for God’s glory, not for credit from others.
But the question to ponder: are you comfortable with what God sees in your life?
In Shakespeare’s play, “As You Like It,” Jaques says, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…”
As you take center stage, knowing that God has the front row seat, what things would you do differently?
Today, as you pray, thank God for being all-knowing and all-seeing.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you live each day, each moment, for your Audience of One; that He may be pleased with every action, thought, and word you speak.