“Is there anyplace I can go to avoid
your Spirit? To be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western
horizon, You’d find me in a minute— …”
Psalm 139.7-11 The Message
This week Lysa is talking about God’s presence, his awareness and nearness and how it is always constant. He is
never out of our reach, beyond earshot of our prayers or without an eye on how we are. In fact, the above psalm begins with this:
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.” Psalm 139.1-4 NASB
If we think about Gods constant presence with us, and that It’s there even when we do those things we know are wrong, do you wonder if God gets mad at us? After all, if he knows all our thoughts, the actions we may, or may not take, and what’s in our heart - is that intimidating? Should it be?
As a small child we didn’t do bad things in front of mom or dad, did we? Nope! We looked for a place to hide when eating that extra cookie we had taken. If we were going to fight with a brother or sister, we would wait until we could get away with that whack or whatever terrible thing we wanted to say, right - cause who wants to be punished? So when God not only sees all we do, but also knows all we think, should we be concerned that God might punish us for that bad behavior?
But there’s a difference between our parents, or other authority figures in our life, and God. A big one! I know you know it - I do too. The truth is when all that humanness comes oozing out of from that dark spot in our heart, God already knew it was coming. He KNEW long ago. Scripture tells us that before we were born he knew us. [Jeremiah 1.5] All he feels, every bit of what he feels for us is established on an unbreakable rock. No other thing. Only, forever and ever, an unbreakable rock of love.
So who gets punished when we mess up? Guess.
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