“O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.”
– Psalm 69:5 (ESV)
The video does not lie! How many times as coaches have we had athletes firmly deny missing a block or fail to take responsibility for a penalty during the heat of competition? Maybe they don’t want to own up to the failure or maybe they are truly convinced they did nothing wrong. No matter what the athlete may think on game day, when the video is played back for everyone to see, the truth will be revealed. Watching game video can be a very uncomfortable and humbling experience. Not only are the mistakes there for everyone to see, coaches are notorious for replaying those forgettable clips repeatedly. There is absolutely no place to hide.
How often do we play the same game with God? I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t really say that. There was nothing I could have done. In our minds, we easily convince ourselves it never happened or that it didn’t happen the way it actually did. Even if I admit to myself that I was wrong, I often do not do what I should do to correct the situation. “Well”, I say. “Nobody actually saw what I did.” The truth is, God does not miss a thing! Just like the game video, God is watching my every action and one day I will be held accountable for the way I have lived my life. There will be no place to hide! Trusting in Jesus is my only hope.
Heavenly Father, help me to admit to my mistakes today and to take responsibility for correcting them. May I never forget that Your eyes are always watching. Amen.