In 1983, if you went to the movie theatre to watch a George Lucas film, just before the movie began, an electronically generated low to high frequency sound would come booming into the theatre, as a THX sound system prepared you for the incredible sound system you were about to hear. And as the long, sustained and powerful sound resonnated throughout the theatre, there would be a message on the screen which accompanied the sound: The Audience is listening.
True confession time: I believe in the God of the Bible, who not only created the world and everything in it, but is precisely and specifically involved in the dealings of all men. He will remain the God of the Bible, throughout all eternity, never changing, always watching, always listening. Not a new phrase, I know, but we live our lives before an Audience of One, who is The God of All There Is, the God Who is Listening.
As He watches my struggles and the script unfolding before His royal eyes, The Audience of One is not only ‘watching’ my drama unfold. He is the Author of that drama. He knows each twist and turn of my journey; He has total recall of every line of dialogue I will ever deliver. “Before a single word is on my mouth,” says The Book, the Audience of One knows them all.
Every human being, (whether or not they acknowledge or even notice Him,) walks through the moments of each day … before The Audience of One.
He listens to every note sung; He hears every line of dialogue delivered. He already knew the entire plot of my novel life, before even one moment of it had a chance to unfold. As I took my first breath, The Audience of One was in the house to hear a baby’s cry; And when I breathe my last, when the final curtain falls on all the acts and actions of my life, He — The God of All There Is, and The Audience of One — will wait to meet me.
If the character I have played is faithful to the script and plan He had in mind when He thought of me, I will feel as if my life was well lived.
And if, on the day when I finally stand before the Audience of One, I do not hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” ? Well, then, it will not matter if the rest of all the world has been giving me a standing ovation my entire life.
Ps. 27:8 says, “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart, Lord, has responded, I am coming.” An encouragement and a reminder, then: God has invited you to an intimate conversation and dialogue with Him. Don’t miss the opportunity this week. The Audience is listening.