Somebody Is Watching You

Someone is always watching you to see if you slip. But the most important person who is watching is God. He loves us dearly. He does not want to see us fall, trip or hit a wall head on. Every time we are about to hit said wall God will bring something (a way out) into our lives. It is up to us, though, to see it and use it.

Sadly, many of us fail to see the way out because we are so caught up in the moment.

Some of us could be sitting at the computer late at night not able to sleep. We just sit there in a blank state looking at the blinking cursor trying to decide whether or not the hit the enter button and go there…knowing we shouldn’t. Then we get that goofy text and we sit there looking at our phone going who the heck is texting me this late. You look at the text and it just says…I need prayer…there it is… a way out.

Some of us could be sitting at work waiting for the next customer to come in and pay so we can “play” with the cash in the register…knowing deep down inside that the cash would be needed. Yet, there is the customer who paid and another coming in the store. Let’s not forget the security camera staring you in the face…there it is.

Some of us could work in those corny little cubicles (no offense, if you do) and all your work is done with no pressing phone calls to make and no more appointments. You look around to make sure no one is looking. Then you softly place your head on your arms to take a cat nap. Knowing it’s wrong or you would not have looked around to see if someone was watching in the first place and then the phone rings…there it is.

For some of us, it could be the double take syndrome. This can go for both genders by the way. You and the spouse are just talking a stroll and this handsome guy or gorgeous woman walks by. You pretend not to notice. You struggle not to look over your shoulder and then there it is. Your spouse squeezes your hand.

Photo Credit: Gen Nishino/Getty Images

Photo Credit: Gen Nishino/Getty Images

For every temptation given to man there is a way out. Many times it IS the same people who ARE watching us. Integrity is tough. It is even tougher when no one is around to watch you, yet God sees all. Even those things done in the dark. He will provide the way out…if we listen..and see it for what it is.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not permit you to tempted above that ye are able, but will, with the temptation, also make the way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Notice it says..but such is common to man. Meaning you are not alone in your temptation. Someone else has already dealt with it.

God is faithful, who will not permit… Meaning that God is not the one tempting you but rather the enemy of the Heavens, the devil. So don’t get mad at God when you are tempted. Get mad at the devil.

Notice the promise…also make the way to escape. Escape means to get away. For some of us it means to RUN!

So the next time you are being tempted and you get that text, that look, that squeeze of the hand or whatever it may be, do not get mad. Be happy that God IS faithful and has placed that means of escape in your life. Take it and then praise Him for it!

*Originally posted in 2014

14 thoughts on “Somebody Is Watching You”

  1. Stuart, thank you so much for this! Yes, it really does come down to taking the way out that God provided for us. But, I would take it one step further. In Heb. 12 it talks about laying aside, not only the sins that so easily entangle us so that we can run the race God has set out for us to run, but it also talks about laying aside those hindrances to our walks of faith. Other passages talk about removing from our lives those things which lead us into sin. So, we need to be proactive about this. We have to set up boundaries for ourselves, and check points, and we have to get rid of those things which continually lead us into sin.

    Many people keep yielding to sin because they wait until they are tempted, and then sometimes it is too late, for they have already crossed that boundary line in their minds. Putting on the armor of God doesn’t wait until we are tempted. It has to be put on proactively day by day, moment by moment. We have to have a plan in place ahead of time to avoid temptation, and for what to do when temptation hits, and not depend on that squeeze of the hand, which we may miss if our minds have already gone too far.

    And, honestly, it all comes down to what is stored up in our hearts. If our hearts do not change, then we will keep going back to the same stuff time and time again, for that is what is stored up in our hearts. So, we need to be putting the right kinds of things in our hearts and minds, and then we need to be acting on those, and walking in obedience to our Lord, and then we will find that our hearts and minds won’t keep going to that same old stuff, but our hearts and minds will be focused on the Lord and on doing what he says.

    Not saying we will cease to be tempted, but part of our spiritual growth is that transformation of heart and mind away from sin toward following our Lord in obedience. And, our desires will change. We won’t want what we used to want, but we will more and more find that our desires are matching those of God. But, this takes discipline. But, it is possible with God. I know! For, I am speaking from experience here. Tried and tested! And, still learning, too.

    Thank you so much, Stuart, for tackling these hard issues and for being so honest, too. We need more people who are willing to face these issues and to talk about them and to share solutions. So, thank you! Sue

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    1. Thank you so much for your valuable input Sue. I wholeheartedly agree with all you have laid down. Especially about us not waiting until we are tempted to put the armor on. It should be an ever present aspect of our daily lives as we are indeed pressed in by all sides at any given moment.

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