In the sports world different leagues have gone to instant replay. As most of us know it has been around for a long time, but recently the different sports officials have used it to evaluate complex “close” or “game-changing” plays. The idea is that they want to get it right and so through this media they are able to look at the play a second time as well as have close-up views and views in “slow-motion.”
God, on the other hand, does not need and never will need instant replay. Because He is watching all the time, everywhere, He can see the actions of every human being from every possible angle. God’s decision on our actions will be with the full knowledge of what happened.
Consider these statements about what God can see. The Psalmist gives several places where God will be. He asks the question, “where can I flee from Thy presence” (Psalms 139:7)? He gives several answers: heaven, Sheol, the remotest part of the sea. He says he could go to the darkest place on the earth and God will be a light because to God “the darkness is not dark” (139:12). He goes on to say that “darkness and light are alike” (139:12) to God. Jeremiah (23:24) quotes God as saying, “Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?” This is a rhetorical question and the answer is no.
Several biblical writers speak of God not as living in a house made with hands, but rather as the creator, Lord and master of the heavens and the earth.
It is hard for us to comprehend that God can see things in Pensacola while at the same time see things in Miami. It is even harder to think about God seeing the activities of mankind in China while at the same time seeing things in England or America. God can even see things happening in Greenland while not missing a single move of someone in southern Chile. These are as easy for God to see as Him seeing the things going on in our houses, every room at the same time.
Because God is able to see everything all the time, there is no need for Him to have witnesses at the judgement. There is no possibility of Him making the wrong call about our actions. Consulting a bank of video monitors will not be necessary to see all the angles of our actions. He is there when we commit them, whether they are good or bad, wicked or righteous. His judgement will be perfect as to whether or not we have been living God’s way.
Carlton G. McPeak is an evangelist working in the Florida Gateway region. All Scriptural quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Holman Bible Publishers, unless otherwise stated. He may be contacted at email@example.com.