As a pastor, I have the fun task of informing people that God sees and hears everything. This is usually after someone learns that I am a pastor - and immediately apologizes for saying something crass or ungodly. I appreciate their graciousness in apologizing, but I also want to inform them that God hears and knows everything. There are some who do not believe this - but kind of believe that I'm mic-ed by God for surveilance of anyone near me. Soooo . . . when they speak within the range of my mic - God hears them - but when I'm out of range - well, everything is go for ungodly behavior.
Proverbs lets us know - the eyes of Jehovah are in every place. God has an attribute called "omnipresence" which means that God is everywhere at all times. That is one reason God sees all things. There is a second attribute of God called "omniscience" which means that God knows all things at all times. Therefore we see that God not only sees all things - He knows what is said - the motives behind what is said - and He even knows what was not said but merely thought.
This is information that is unnerving to say the least to those who are walking contrary to God's ways. I think it is one reason why some are so adamantly atheistic in their views of God. They cannot tolerate a God who konws all things they have done - and more importantly, One to whom they are accountable for these things as well. Therfore they just choose to deny Him instead. Of course this is as ridiculous as someone who denys the sun exists - yet still receives the light and warmth of the sun - even though he denies its existance.
God does see - in every place - and He watches the evil and the good that is going on everywhere at all times. There is nothing He does NOT see or know. To be perfectly honest - this is unnerving to me! It is unnerving because there are times even I don't live like God sees and knows everything. It is unnerving because God does see all I do - and knows every motive that I have and every thought that passes through my head. If I did not know of the blood of Jesus and the grace of God - I might find myself mentally unstable due to this knowledge - but peace reigns in my heart because I do know such things.
What a respect and fear of God comes to us when we grasp the attributes of God. It is a good thing to know this - because the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It is when we grasp such things that we realize that a life lived for our own desires and lusts is a foolish life indeed. It moves us to wisdom because we grasp that life is to be FOR God - for His purposes and plans. It moves us to wisdom because such a knowledge leads us to a life lived THROUGH God Who alone is capable of giving us what we need to live a life acceptable to Him. So, next time you are tempted to trust self - live according to self - please self - and think that no one but you matters . . . think again. The eyes of God are in every place - seeing the good and the evil. And . . . He is the One with Whom we will have to deal in the day of judgment.