God’s surveillance is excellent and perfect. It never breaks down. It is constant and it covers all. Imagine living with a closed-circuit television (CCTV) everywhere you go. It is pretty unnerving, isn’t it? How much more when we see it around us. We become more conscious of what we do or how we act. Ironically, we tend to forget how God actually sees everything we do, in secret or in the open. He could see even things we try hard to conceal from people. God can see our heart and He knows our thought. Amazingly, He knows it all every day and every time. There is nothing that could be hidden from Him.
How would we probably act when a CCTV is constantly pointing at us? We would certainly be guarded with how we behave. Somehow, we could still hide our intentions and motivations from a CCTV but not with God. We could not hide how we truly feel and what our true motivation is. He is present everywhere and at all times. Nothing escapes his notice.
“Yahweh’s eyes are everywhere, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”– Proverbs 15:3 (WEB)
Because God is ever-present, we have nothing to fear. There are times when we feel like we are alone and we could not imagine where we could ask help from but even then when our emotions tell us otherwise, God is still present. He constantly abides. In truth, there is nothing where we could hide where God cannot find us. And, so there is no trouble that could also escape from God’s eye. Every difficulty, battle, and enemy we face could never be hidden from the mighty hand of God. When at times we feel like our troubles or enemies surround us, the reality is that we are not surrounded by troubles when we dwell in the shadow of the Almighty. When we abide in God, troubles cannot surround us even when they may appear overwhelming because it is God who surrounds us.
When Israel sinned against God again, the LORD handed them over to Jabin, the king of Canaan and the captain of his army, Sisera. And Israel was extremely oppressed For 20 years that they cried to God again to save them. Deborah, the prophetess gave word to Barak, the son of Abinoam to lead the men of Israel against the army of Sisera and God will deliver them into his hand. Though Sisera and his army went out to fight Israel with his 900 iron chariots, still they were not able to prevail (Judges 4:1-15).
“Yahweh confused Sisera, all his chariots, and all his army, with the edge of the sword before Barak. Sisera abandoned his chariot and fled away on his feet. But Barak pursued the chariots and the army to Harosheth of the Gentiles; and all the army of Sisera fell by the edge of the sword. There was not a man left.”– Judges 3:15-16 (WEB)
Because his army was losing the battle, Sisera fled and hid in the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite. Jael gave him milk to drink and covered him with a rug. But, Jael softly used a hammer and a tent peg and drove it into his temples that it went through the ground, killing Sisera (Judges 4:21-22).
Two things are remarkable in this story.
1. God hears our cry of suffering and cry for help even when we are unfaithful to Him. God remains faithful all the time.
2. No one can hide from God. Nothing can escape from God. Sisera could not escape from Israel because it was God fighting for Israel. There was nowhere he could hide from God. In the same manner, we could not hide from God and not even our enemies or our troubles could remain hidden from God. Who would have thought that a woman will bring victory to Israel? But God used a woman, Jael, to defeat Israel’s enemy. We might sometimes think that our trouble is too big for us to handle but we could never know how God works to bring the salvation we need. In the most unlikely situation and the unexpected, God could use and work to bring His will into completion because He is sovereign.
When the enemy seems to surround us and troubles seem too much to bear, remember that God never slumbers. He is always ready to hear our cry for help. The enemy cannot run or hide. Our troubles are seen and heard. He will move and He will save!
“ ‘Am I a God at hand,’ says Yahweh, ‘and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I can’t see him?’ says Yahweh. ‘Don’t I fill heaven and earth?’ says Yahweh.”– Jeremiah 23:23-24 (WEB)