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You are being watched!

by Donald Geddes — last modified Dec 13, 2014 08:50 PM
Rev. Donald Geddes

Recently the Mayor of Logan City Council, Cr. Pam Parker, announced the Council had bought a Rapid Action Deployment Surveillance System or RDSS. For $110,000 Logan ratepayers got two mobile cameras that climb poles or street lights, providing high quality, real time images to a monitoring facility and also to hand-held and in-vehicle devices.

Logan City has a growing reputation for CCTV coverage which has “ballooned in the last decade from 8 to more than 300” or one camera “for every 1000 people in Logan”. This has had a significant impact on anti-social behaviour and vandalism in public places.

By far the greatest numbers of surveillance cameras are located in shops as they attempt to curb burglary and the growing losses from shop-lifting which now amount to $2.4billion a year in Australia. This adds $290 to the costs of goods every Australian buys each year!

Everywhere you go you are being watched! So much so, there are those who are becoming alarmed at the invasion of privacy this threatens.

But this is nothing new!  Proverbs 15:3 says “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” Hebrews 4:13 warns “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Just as footage from surveillance cameras can be used as evidence of a crime, so our every action is known by the Lord to whom we will have to give account on the Day of Judgement. What an appalling thought!

There is no doubt that if everyone believed this, crime rates would plummet and the need for surveillance cameras would disappear. The increasing number of spy cameras is a product of godlessness.

Of course, the Christian whose sins are forgiven will stand before the Lord on Judgement Day with a clean charge sheet.

But the Divine surveillance about which the Bible talks has another purpose.

2 Chronicles 16:9 says “the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” and Psalm 121 adds “He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;… The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;” How comforting to know the Lord watches over His children to protect them!

Can you imagine how precious such a promise is to those Christians in Syria and Iraq who have lost everything?

Genesis 16 records the sad story of Hagar, pregnant and forced to flee into the desert sitting despondently beside a spring no doubt feeling utterly bereft. There the Angel of the Lord found her and gave her a message of comfort and assurance. As a result, she gave a name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

When we meet the Lord and come to know Him as our Loving Heavenly Father, He becomes “the One who sees me.” The Covenant promise God gave to Jacob applies to every true Christian: “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Gen. 28:15

Donald Geddes