When God Eavesdrops

When God Eavesdrops

16 October 2009


Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and loved to think about him. (Malachi 3:16 NLT)

God is everywhere, watching and listening. God sees all, hears all, knows all. I don’t know of any God-believing parent who hasn’t at some time tried to instill the “fear of God” into their children by saying, “God sees you all the time and he hears every word you say!”

But here’s a slightly different perspective on the matter. God is listening to the conversations of those who fear him, those who believe in him and love him and like to think about him. God isn’t just listening to what we say or reading our thoughts to try to catch us in a sin.

God is listening to our conversations about his blessings in our lives, about the challenges we face and how we are seeking his wisdom, care, and provision. God likes to hear us talking about him and encouraging each other through those conversations.

When we speak words of hope, faith, and encouragement, God smiles. When we give others the benefit of the doubt and refuse to engage in gossip and criticism, God takes note.

God is having the names of those who fear him and love to think about him recorded in a book of remembrance in his presence. I want my name on God’s “worth listening to” list!


Father, thanks for listening in to my conversations. I know the awareness of your constant presence helps me think and talk better. But I’m also thankful that you are making note of the encouraging and faith-building conversations I have with my family and my fellow Christ-followers. I hope you enjoy what you hear. May our conversations be “for your listening pleasure.” Amen.

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