“After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand” (Exodus 2:12 NLT)
When Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand, he looked around to make sure no one was watching.
Be truthful and answer this: Ever done something wrong when nobody was watching? Before you attempt to think of a way to say “…not exactly…or see what had happened was…” Relax! We ALL Have! Whether We Admit It Or Not!
One Pastor says he counsels people whose business travel makes them vulnerable: “An executive finds that away from home she’s inappropriately flirtatious, even though she loves her husband and wants to remain faithful. A high-powered professional struggles with [sexually explicit images] in hotel rooms, even though he’s not tempted by them at home. The Internet sets innumerable ethical traps…By frequenting online chat rooms a wife becomes entangled in an emotional relationship with another man…a husband struggles with the availability of Internet pornography…The sense that no one was watching allowed them to sin in ways they would never sin in ordinary, Observed life.”
And That’s The Truth! I mean who would cheat in their bedroom with their spouse in the kitchen? Who would steal a watch while the salesman is standing right there? What kid would take his mom’s wallet while she’s holding her pocketbook? What preachers kid is going to curse while the National Mother of the Mother Board is standing right next to them? Sounds silly, but it’s the truth! We Don’t Do Things While We’re Being Observed That We Would Do When Nobody’s Watching!
Have you ever seen a little kid that was told not to touch something? Watch them! Because even at a young age they look around to see where you are. They know you said don’t touch it, but there is, even in youth, and sometimes especially in youth, a temptation to give it a shot anyway! And that’s with Knowing the Consequences!
Listen: I was a very strict parent with my daughters, especially while they were young. But like anybody eles’s children those little girls would definitely try my patience and see if they could get away with stuff!
For example: I never allowed my daughters to change the television. I put it on a channel, Appropriate For Their Eyes and Ears (hint, hint) and it stayed there until I Changed It! However, my oldest daughter felt like testing the waters, so she pulled out the bottom draw, stepped inside (because she was too little to reach the tv) reached up and attempted to change the television. Needless to say, the entire dresser, with tv, fell on her! Surprisingly, she didn’t have a scratch or a broken bone! And yes, I will be very honest with you and say her little behind had a meeting with my belt anyhow! Yep! Now some parents would probably say wasn’t the dresser and tv falling on her enough of a punishment? Well for me…NOPE! I made certain that she understood the double-portion consequence of doing what I said don’t do, Even When I’m Not Looking!
Now, you would think she would’ve learned her lesson…But...NOPE! This same daughter, I told don’t go in the kitchen, I’m cooking and there’s a hot pan of grease on the stove! I go to answer the phone, and what does my obedient daughter do? Reaches for a piece of chicken over the hot pan of grease! Needless to say, she hit the handle and the hot pan of grease hit the floor and splashed on her! Once again, God in His Grace and Mercy kept that crazy child from burns and bruises! And again, YES, her and my belt had another date!
Now I must say this same kid has always been a straight A student! Graduated Valedictorian of High School and made the Dean’s List in College! Never gave me headaches with boys, drugs, alcohol, rowdy friends, cursing or hanging out in the streets! And still for the life of me I could never figure out why would she do things that could hurt her especially when I’m no where near to protect her! But then again, God must wonder why we do half the crazy stuff we do and we Know He’s There with Protection and Punishment! And still we push the envelope. And I think, like my daughter, it makes you attempt it repetitively when you don’t have severe and immediate consequences for your actions! It gives you the false impression of “I can get away with it…” But even if you do, it is only temporary! Even if man Never knows, Your Heavenly Father does, and before Him You Still Have to Give an Account! So Is It Really Worth It?