We have a neighborhood cat. He roams the neighborhood at all hours of the day. And night. He walks through everyone’s yard. Through the wooded ravine. Down the middle of the street. This cat knows more about the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood than any kid who lives here. He’s always out and about. Checking out the latest happenings. He pops up just when you least expect him.
It seems that he’s always in my yard at the most inconvenient times. He likes to taunt my dog. He brings out the worst in my dog. He knows what causes my dog to go ballistic. He keeps coming back for more. I think he enjoys having power over another animal. He’s always on the prowl. I don’t know why the neighbors allow their cat to roam.
There are people watchers.
A boss who likes to watch their employees. Eavesdrop on conversations and butt in when they feel they’re the wisest voice around. They publicly humiliate others. They take advantage when it isn’t theirs to take. They abuse their power all in the name of concern for others.
A teacher who studies her students as avidly as her students study for a test. She watches her students’ behavior. She wants to know if someone if cheating. She gives awards for best performance or perfect attendance. She looks for signs of abuse and neglect.
The Lord is watching everywhere, keeping his eye on both the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3
There are other people watchers. Watchers not of this world. Watchers with good intentions. Watchers with evil intentions.
Satan is known to roam the earth. He’s even admitted it. He doesn’t keep it a secret that he watches people. He looks for people he can devour. He searches for Christ followers who he can trick into following him. He makes people sick and diseased. He slyly convinces people to do things his way. He pretends to be someone else. Be on the lookout. He’s coming for you.
There is still another people watcher. His eyes search the earth for different reasons. He wants to give strength to people who are fully committed to him. He’s looking for the wise. He’s constantly observing everyone on the earth to see what they’re doing. He can see the entire human race all at the same time. He is omnipotent. He can be everywhere all at once. He isn’t a magician. He is God.
It seems to me that God and Satan are watching the same people. God is watching His followers. Those who are committed to him. He’s looking for us, so he can strengthen us. He will work for those who are fully committed to Him. We are his job. He works to protect us. He is our helper. Satan, on the other hand, is looking to fool us. To trick us. To tempt us. He’s a deceiver. He pretends to be a friend, so he can manipulate us into being like him. That’s no friend.
Whether we want him to or not, God is watching us. We can’t hide from him. He has our best interests in mind. He knows ahead of time the struggles we’ll face. He sees us at our best. He sees us at our worst. He doesn’t take advantage of us. He loves us. No matter what he sees.