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"A Burglar in Brazil" (posted February 1, 2007)
The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.
- Proverbs 5:21
In December 2006, news organizations reported the unusual case of a Brazilian businessman traveling in Germany. A security system at his vacation house detected a break-in and sent an alert to his mobile phone. The businessman then used the Internet to view live images from security cameras in the house, actually watching the burglar rob his home.
He called his wife in Brazil, she called the police, and the thief was quickly apprehended by officers who knew exactly where he was in the house when they arrived. The man was arrested while trying on the owner's clothes!
The thief must have been certain of his success when he broke into that house. Who could imagine that the owner of the home would be watching from half a world away?
The Bible makes it clear that God is watching, too. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3). This statement shows the omnipresence and the omniscience of God: He is everywhere, and He knows everything about us.
We usually try to hide our selfish, sinful actions from others, just as the Brazilian burglar thought he was all alone in that house. But even the darkness of night is like the brightness of noontime to God (Psalm 139:11-12). Nothing is hidden from Him.
God says, "Be sure your sin will find you out" (Numbers 32:23). The wrong we do will eventually be known, and we ourselves will be exposed as the sinners we are, apart from God. His never-ending watchfulness should be unsettling to the sinner, and His perfect standard of righteousness demands that not one sin should be permitted in heaven.
But there's another side to God's watchfulness. It also indicates the amazing interest God has in each of us individually. His love for us is beyond compare. Rather than sending police officers to apprehend us, He sent a Savior to deliver us from our sinful ways. His salvation is only for those who accept it; but for those who do, it is full and complete. God has been fully satisfied by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Will you kneel before God to confess your sins? He already knows where you are, and His ears are open to hear your prayer.
[News Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=2722589 ]