In the world but not of it

October 11, 2010

He watches over us…

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The one who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3

My father was not a light sleeper. If a truck drove through the house he would simply roll over on his other side and keep snoring away in his sleep. There was very little you could do, shy of shaking him, to get him to wake up. To his defense, he also never slept for more than five hours. Looking back it seems to have been God’s grace to give him a deep sleep for those few hours so he could recharge.

On the other hand there are those that claim to be light sleepers as if they possess some ninja-like characteristics where they are in a state of alertness with their eyes closed. The truth is that no matter how alert we think we might be during sleep we are not awake.

Our senses are nearly shut down and even for the lightest sleeper they are groggy at best.

This means that if there was an intrusion or some incident we would likely be shocked into responding or reacting. We would not have seen it coming and could not possibly have prepared properly.

This is simply not the case with God. He does not sleep or slumber or doze off. God does not take power naps to recharge and then go back to running the universe. He is always on watch and there has never been anything nor will there ever be anything that will catch him by surprise or off-guard.

We live with the assurance that the Lord is constantly with us and watching over us. As David wrote “I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:7).

What comfort and encouragement this passage brings us. To know that the Lord loves us this much that He never stops watches over us is simply too awesome to fully comprehend. Our thoughts are fragmented when we think of others. As much as we may love a particular person, we don’t consider them constantly; we can’t give them this level of attention or assurance.

Only God can do these things. Perhaps we don’t fully appreciate what He actually does do because we are all too familiar with the stories and phrases in the Bible but let’s stop today and consider just how incredible it is that our God watches over us…


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