SOMEONE WATCHING YOU?

SOMEONE WATCHING YOU?

The surge of interest in communist ideology in the 1960s and 70s gave rise to the sentiment that has now evolved into the ‘Big Brother is watching’ paranoia. Back then, fueled by the post war drive for independence in many colonies, the super powers started cracking down on those segments of the population whom they thought posed the greatest risk of inciting social unrest. They placed round-the-clock surveillance on potential perpetrators, watching them, anticipating and preparing to preempt their every move.

Post 9/11, things haven’t gotten any better. Counter terrorism efforts have increased across the world. Governments and security agencies are now, more than ever, on the look-out for would be threats. And really, if we look at it from a macro geopolitical perspective, so they should be. The enemy does not wear a uniform, and the rogue sentiment can be born of any culture. But regardless of the justification, the net result is the same, wide spread surveillance leads to paranoia.

Now obviously my intention is not to discuss global politics. But for some of us, big brother or not, we always feel like someone is watching us, waiting to catch us out and condemn us, looking for the slightest excuse to heap blame upon us. For some of us, it is our bosses. For others, it is our parents. And there are those who themselves are their own Internal Security Division, taking their self-policing to a whole new level, condemning themselves every opportunity they get.

But you know, if you take, even a secular poll on who people think is watching them the most closely, God will come a very close second to the government.

Indeed, everyone thinks that even if no one else is, God is always watching. Isn’t that true? But you know what? For once, global sentiment is spot on; but not in the way that they think. For you see, of sin and man’s wrongdoing, God says

““Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”” Ezekiel 18:23

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

God is indeed keeping a close watch over us, but not to catch us out. Instead, He is keeping a close watch over us who are His

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

He’s got good things planned for us, as He said,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]

So He’s watching over us to make sure that we walk in the good works that were prepared for us and walk into the plans of prosperity and hope that He has for us.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

But there is someone else who is also watching and Jesus’ conversation with Peter gives us insight into who that is.

“Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! Satan has asked excessively that [all of] you be given up to him [out of the power and keeping of God], that he might sift [all of] you like grain,” Luke 22:31 [AMP]

And so, “…sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Genesis 4:7 [AMP]

So how do we master it? What do we do when we feel hemmed in, pinned down and watched? Well, let’s take a lesson from David and see what He did.

The reason I like to use David is because his life is an open book. Everything that happened to him is recorded for us; not just in the Bible, but also in the annals of secular history. And we know that David went from shepherd boy to being one of, if not, the greatest king of Israel.

Yet, we also know that his life was fraught with danger, and today’s passage is one such instance, because it opens thus;

“A Michtam of David when Saul sent men, and they watched the house in order to kill him.”

Can you imagine being cornered into your own home by assassins of the king? These men knew what they were doing, and they were right at his doorstep, waiting for the perfect opportunity to kill him. There was also no negotiating with them either, for they were under orders from the king himself.

And really, what did David do to deserve this? The first time he came into contact with Saul, he killed a great enemy and secured a resounding and famous victory for Saul. And later on, not only did David remain loyal to Saul and did a lot for him and his kingdom, he also became the bosom buddy of Saul’s son.

Couple this then with the real reason why Saul wanted David dead – his jealousy over David’s success – and you can understand not only David’s fear but also his frustration at this juncture.

And for many of us, this is also a familiar story. We have been good to those around us. But because we are walking under the favor of our Father, things go better for us than they do for them; and they get jealous. And even though we have done a lot for them, they repay our kindness with evil, plotting and scheming against us. So how should we respond?

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.” Psalm 59:1-2

We turn to our Father.

I admire the child-like faith that David has in our Father, don’t you? The same faith that had him tell Saul early on,

“I’ve been a shepherd, tending sheep for my father. Whenever a lion or bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I’d go after it, knock it down, and rescue the lamb. If it turned on me, I’d grab it by the throat, wring its neck, and kill it. Lion or bear, it made no difference—I killed it. And I’ll do the same to this Philistine pig who is taunting the troops of God-Alive. God, who delivered me from the teeth of the lion and the claws of the bear, will deliver me from this Philistine.”” 1 Samuel 17:34-37 [MSG]

David had no grandiose ideas of his own might. All he did when faced with a problem was to direct the problem to God.

And in the same way, we need to realize that the same God who stood by David back then is the same God who stands by us today. And when we are faced with problems, there really is no need to worry about it, for as Jesus said,

“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:27

“And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life?” Matthew 6:27 [AMP]

The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can let go of our problems and let God take over, saving us the futility of effort and worry.

Then the next thing that David does is to look at the situation from God’s eyes. He says,

“But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
You shall have all the nations in derision.” Psalm 59:8

And once we have God’s perspective of the situation, we can then begin to realize that we can therefore say with confidence

“I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.
My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.” Psalm 59:9-10

Caught that last bit? Yes, God shall let you see your desire, not His desire, not their desire, but your desire on your enemies. That’s how much confidence we can have in His protection.

You know beloved, having the right perspective on your situation is vitally important. For if you lose sight of God as your protector, then you start to rely on your strength to get yourself out of your mess; and we know how stressful that can be.

But if we rely on our Father, the exact opposite happens and it’s possible that we could even become a little cocky, like David did.

“Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.” Psalm 59:11

No, no, don’t kill them, just scatter them. Let them hang around. Prolong their agony before you

“Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth.” Psalm 59:13

What a far cry from

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.” Psalm 59:1-2

Isn’t it? What a mental transformation. And so too will be it be for us.

You know, as David was penning these words down, I’m sure those guys outside his door were still there. They were still out to get him. Nothing had changed in the natural. The change was in David. And so too will it be for us. You see,

“…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

Our fight is not in the seen; it is in the unseen. So our victories need not be achieved in the seen for

“…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

So when you feel hemmed in, pinned down, cornered and watched; do as David did and turn all your troubles over to our Father. Let Him handle the situation and solve it for you in the unseen. And surely the victories He achieves in the unseen will soon transform all that you see around you.

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