During World War II, Germany had devised a plan to force the British fighter force to be spread thin in “standing patrols,” which would require planes in the air flying ready at all times. This process would have caused the hard-pressed British to waste precious high-octane fuel. But the Brits had a secret that monitored every move of the German bombers. Even when flying at night or emerging through cloud banks, German pilots were stunned to discover British aircraft waiting in position to attack.
What the Luftwaffe had not realized was that their evil actions were being watched by an invisible and undetected force made practical by a top secret invention, the “cavity magnetron,” now known as radar. Even though the German pilots thought they were operating in secret, their every aerial move was made visible by an unseen force.
Today, many people remain comfortable in sin thinking that their actions are cloaked in secrecy. But the Bible teaches that God’s revealing light shines into the far reaches of man’s actions, illuminating both that which is good and that which is evil. “No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Hebrews 4:13). No matter in what situation we may find ourselves, we are always under the unseen but watchful eye of God.
On the other hand, the judgment of God need not be feared by one who is in Christ (Rom. 8:l). He is not “out to get us.” He is “out to save us!” To be found in Christ, one must believe in Him (Acts 16:31), repent of sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; Galatians 3:26-27).
To remain in Christ one must continue to walk in the light of God’s word in order to be continually cleansed by the blood of Christ (1 John 1:7-9).
Terry Livingston & David Sarqent
Church of Christ