This entire chapter is instruction from father to son about the value of marriage and the folly of infidelity. This verse is the first of the final three in the chapter which offer a sobering conclusion to the discussion.
We all need to remember that, in the end, “a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.” God sees all we do.
The “ways” and “paths” of this proverb are literally about the roads a person is traveling…where he/she stops…who he/she meets along the road…and what happens. God sees it all!
It’s just a sober reminder that He knows all that’s been going on. The following two verses note there will be consequences to our negative thoughts and actions.
It can all be a bit unnerving!
But, while this verse notes He’s watching, the rest of the Bible makes it clear that He does so because He loves us and is going to take care of us.
As He watches, he sees the bad things others do to me — and He’ll handle it for me! He also sees the struggles and pains I’m going through — and He will strengthen and empower me!
And, finally, He keeps His eye on me — to save me from myself! While that might include some discomfort…it will be for my own good!