(#91) The Proverbs of Solomon 15:3-God Knows More Than “TSA” and “NSA”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 15:3: “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.”

This is not saying God’s “eyes” are everywhere, but they see “in every place” all the behaviors of mankind, both “the evil and the good.” One thread throughout the Scriptures is that God is Omniscient, that is, He sees everything at all times. When “Big Brother’s” TSA in airports and NSA in communications invade personal space as they do, how can anyone question God’s complete knowledge of all that happens on the Earth? To say “God wound up the universe and then sat back and watched From a Distance (as a song used to teach, and Deists believe)” is a complete denial of the Word of God, which is a record of God’s dealings with mankind since the Creation!

In the Garden of Eden, after Adam and Eve sinned, they “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden” (Genesis 3:8), but God called them out (Genesis 3:9-13). When Abraham proved his faith, but was stopped before he actually offered his son, Isaac, on the altar, and offered “a ram caught in a thicket” for a burnt offering “instead of his son,” he “called the name of the place, The-LORD-will-provide” (Genesis 22:1-14). Israelites sinned while Moses was in Mount Sinai receiving God’s Law, “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!’” (Exodus 32:9). King Hezekiah was “sick and near death” and God told His prophet, Isaiah, to say, “Thus says the LORD, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you” (2 Kings 20:5).

God can also see all that is done that is good. Upon completion of His Creation, “God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). Upon Jonah’s preaching “Repent or Perish,” the King of Nineveh led his people in repentance, and, “Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it” (Jonah 3:10).

Other proverbs teach this: “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He ponders all his paths” (Proverbs 5:21); “Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men” (Proverbs 15:11); “The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The LORD has made them both” (Proverbs 20:12). Since God created “the seeing eye” of humans, doesn’t it follow that God is a “seeing” God? “He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?” (Psalm 94:9)

“’Am I a God near at hand,’ says the LORD, ‘And not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him? says the LORD; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ says the LORD” (Jeremiah 23:23-24).

This major doctrine about God is summarized in the New Testament, for Jesus taught that our charitable deeds, prayers, and fasting, that are done in “secret” before God, and not for show “before men,” would be seen by our “Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly” (Matthew 6:4,6,18). “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).

Since nothing is hidden from God, why hide our evils behind husband, wife, children, house, job, friends, nighttime, dim lights, doors, walls, or any other supposed barrier? God know these, our consciences know these, and more often than not, some other people know them as well. Truly, “Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden” (1 Timothy 5:24-25). Let God cleanse your soul from hidden sins, and “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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More obvious than the nose on Durante’s face

Something more than obviousWith the fall of the price of oil, the dollar got a slight reprieve here in Brazil last week. But the decline has been going on now for several years, not only here, but worldwide. U.S. economic policy appears guaranteed to lose more strength in the once “almighty dollar.” For all the Republicans’ protest, the slide appears unstoppable. Prepare for a crash landing, my friends.

I’m no economist, hate handling money, but some things are more obvious than the nose on Durante’s face. (Anybody remember him?) Good thing our trust is in the Lord. It is, isn’t it?

• In my editorial today on FMag, I try to create a bit of suspense about the great headline that you won’t see in the papers or on the news websites (have to add the latter these days). You see if it works. My wife seemed to think so, but she’s partial.

• A thing observed: An otherwise good effort seems confused if it’s talking to brethren or those outside of Christ. I suspect it’s because we talk intra muros, among ourselves, so much. We’re just not accustomed to talking with pagans.

• On the personal weblog, a limerick about, of all things, bin Laden. A contrast in theme and form. Does it come across clumsy to you?

• A friend today encouraged me to hang in with a project (let’s call it that, for sake of generalities) which I’m eager to give up on and pass on to others. He said a voice like ours is needed. True, I replied, but I choose to speak where there are ears to hear. I’m trying to do a lot more of that selective speaking, today. You know, the pearls before swine principle.

• In the news, TSA stoops to new low: a bomb sniffer was caught on camera checking a baby’s diaper for terrorist material. If I could, I would refuse to fly. It seems the absurdities increase day by day.

• Last, the world’s absurdities should not surprise us, and the Lord’s reasonableness ought to give us constant motive for thanks. Some truths are paradoxes, faith is a constant challenge, and some commands at first glance make no sense, but his wisdom constantly manifests itself. Can I get an amen on that one?

#limericks, #trust, #tsa