There is an insightful television program called Undercover Boss. Each episode, the owner or CEO of a company is disguised and then works for several days with different employees with differing responsibilities. Often the boss is inept at the tasks the employee is to teach him which puts pressure on him to do better. As he works with each selected person he also finds out what life is like in their shoes. Some are struggling financially or dealing with challenges that make life difficult.
At the end of each show, the owner meets with each employee he worked with and reveals who he is. Then things get very emotional. For those employees who demonstrated great character, professionalism and dedication, the boss gives out lavish rewards and the overwhelmed recipients often cry. In a more recent episode the boss was a woman and her heart was deeply touched by a mom who not only was a great technician but a wonderful wife and mother. Both women openly wept as the owner gave the young mother $25,000 and a promotion so she would not have to take a second job. She also gave a brand new truck to a young man who was a stellar leader. Before the show ended I was reaching for Kleenex.
2 Samuel 22:26,27—With the faithful You prove Yourself faithful; with the blameless man You prove Yourself blameless; with the pure You prove Yourself pure, but with the crooked You prove Yourself shrewd.
Undercover Boss provides its viewers a rich experience in leaders learning first-hand what their employees do and feel. Viewers celebrate with those who are rewarded. They also get the chance to see competent and incompetent employees. The program illustrates in a different way a profound spiritual truth.
Do you ever consider that God is with you every day? He sees what you think and how you act. I suspect King David understood this and his heart swelled with praise. He knew that he could completely depend on his rock, fortress and deliver (22:2). David discerned that when he was in trouble he could call out to God and He would not just hear his cry, He would help him. More importantly, he recognized that when his attitude, character and behavior conformed to God’s standard of right, he could count on the Lord’s favor.
What would I change today if I remembered God is with me? What would I do differently if my Undercover Father was suddenly visible? If I see unseen as absent, I am apt to loosen His standards. If I see unseen as present, I am apt to know His love. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)