The town hall clock
The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
Proverbs 15:3 (NIV)
There is an old expression in Scotland to describe someone who is hypocritical or gossips about others. The phrase is ‘she/he has more faces than the town hall clock’. Most town hall clocks have four faces pointing to the compass points. The description is not a compliment, it refers to the double tongue of individuals. They can neither be trusted nor confided in. What they do not see in other people’s lives, they imaginatively create to convey. There is neither charity nor benefit of the doubt with them.
Are we not glad and thankful that our great wonderful Father in heaven, who does see everything, is not like that? He is on our side, and with infinite patience and love He forgives us and gathers us up from where He finds us.
There is nothing hidden from God – we cannot fool Him. Hebrews 4:13 states, ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.’ Rather, we need to please Him in all that we do. While humankind looks at the outward appearance, God looks directly into our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).
The next time you are in town, spare a glance at the town hall clock and ask yourself, ‘How many faces do I have?’ The answer needs to be – only one, and that face must be fully focused on our Father in heaven.
Wonderful all-seeing Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to always look to you for direction in our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Study by Irene Wilson
About the writer:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford congregation of Grace Communion International, and also serves on the Pastoral Council.
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