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I Don’t Want to Be a Fly on the Wall


“Oh to be a fly on the wall…” You’ve heard it, maybe said it. What you mean is that it would be incredible to overhear a famous conversation or witness an event so you’ll gain some insight, some inside wisdom that you wouldn’t have been privy to otherwise.

I recently heard a comedian named Michael Jr. point out the flawed logic of that statement.

For one, flies don’t have ears so you wouldn’t be able to hear anything, and even if you did, you’re a fly so how could you impart your knowledge. You would be no smarter and no better off, and you’d only have two days live.

Jesus told us to watch and pray because our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41). You can do this from a place of fear (I’ve done it many times) as if temptation is the monster lurking in the shadows, but I don’t personally believe that’s where Jesus was coming from.

Our watching is watching for what He’s doing now. Our praying builds us up. It acts like a teflon coating to which temptation can’t stick. The night Jesus spoke these words to His disciples, He knew they would face some difficult choices and He attempted to prepare them for what lay ahead.

Also remember that Jesus told us to watch and pray. We are not capable of watching by ourselves. Consider again the words of Psalm 127:1:

Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Even with our best diligence, we need the extra dimension of the Lord watching for us. –Jerry Bridges, the Discipline of Grace

We watch Him, He watches over us and all that concerns us. Our diligence is nothing compared with His! Come to think of it, not only is He watching but Jesus is continually interceding and praying for us as well.

So what does all this have to do with the fly? I believe sometimes we can feel as if we need some special knowledge or if we could go back in time and observe this person or that event, that we’d be able to have a greater breakthrough in our lives or character.

It’s not true. The Bible is a record, yes; but it’s a record of a present God who never changes. What you need to see victory is not in some past event or secret key, it’s found in eternal truth and heaven’s reality.

That’s not to say we can’t learn from those in the past, but only inasmuch as they reflect timeless truth and apply this to our lives.

So watch Him. Pray and keep praying as diligently and fervently as possible. Then rest in the knowledge that it’s not dependent on your finding out some secret or undiscovered path. He’s watching over you and your process.

What do you think about this? Have you ever felt like the key to your overcoming has been out of reach somehow? Why or why not?

tdog_jbWelcome to week 12 of our book club discussion of The Discipline of Grace by Jerry BridgesWe are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. If you have a response on your blog, add your link to the widget at my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, feel free to dive into the conversation!


  1. It’s a version of “looking for a sign” -- the special mark or act that will prove something is true. Jesus was constantly asked for signs. And he certainly gave them, but not on demand -- calming the storm; feeding the 5,000; healing the sick, the blind, and the lame. Believing that a special knowledge will reveal all is an old, old heresy -- gnosticism.
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    • Very true. Old and subtle, but it tries to worm its way in there. Thank you, Glynn.

  2. Good point! What we think we want or need is usually the blessing we don’t get. We tend to believe our flesh can save us or make us better… isn’t that just like the flesh?

    • Ha! That’s true. Self-sufficiency sounds so practical. It can even sound spiritual at times! But not so much… 🙂 Thanks Floyd.

  3. Why did I think of the old scifi movie “The Fly” when I read this? Perhaps becuase what you are sharing is a trap for us. To wait and depend on a “special revealed insight” or always looking over our shoulder before we move out in faith when God has already provided what we need for life and Godliness. (2 Peter 1:3 ). I don’t want to be caught in that web, I desire the freedom that comes from taking Him at His Word. Bless ya bro’!

    • I thought of the old movie too (well, the one with Jeff Goldblum in it). That was one kind of scarred me! And good word, Jay. I want that freedom too! Thanks so much. 🙂

  4. Jesus is definitely watching over us in all that we do. Thank goodness for His loving presence for which we should always be watching.
    Blessings, Jason!
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    • What a joy to watch for His love, presence, and glory. Amazing the life He calls us into, isn’t it? Thank you and blessings to you too, Martha!

  5. I am so glad God is for us. What comfort that is when walking through a valley. He is a good, good Father.

    • Yes, so true! Thank you, TC.

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