Hi y’all. I just flew in from Edmonton where I spent the last four days for ministry purposes. Had no access to wireless during this time, so I’m now catching up and posting my blog. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Here goes for the day’s devotional…
I recently read a well-known Christian author’s view about God’s involvement with people’s lives. Basically, she believes He watches our comings and goings from His throne in a cosmic observation tower, disengaged from life as we know it on earth. Frankly, my first thought was What Bible is she reading?
The Scriptures teem with examples of God’s active involvement in people’s everyday lives. Take Joseph, for example. Only an all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful God could have orchestrated the details to position him as Egypt’s second-in-command. How about Esther’s winning a beauty pageant and being thrust into position as Queen so she could later save an entire nation from annihilation? Then there’s Jesus Himself cooking a beach breakfast for His disciples, weeping with sorrowing sisters at Lazarus’ tomb, and eating meals at the homes of saints and sinners alike.
The Bible I read tells me that God watches over us, but not with disinterest – He’s invested ‘way too much in us for that. Psalm 121 describes His role in vivid terms:
“I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
With those verses in mind, I simply cannot understand how a professing believer can think God watches from a distance with no care or concern for involvement. The Scripture is clear – God watches over us but He’s also with us every moment of every day. Amazing. That assurance gives me hope, confidence and peace beyond measure.
How do these verses encourage you? How have you seen God actively involved in your life?