HE KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE Andy Hollifield 1-25-18
Psalms 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;
Psalms 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
The easy answer is “nowhere.” There is nowhere that God doesn’t know where you are. Isn’t it good to know that his eye is always on you? As I began to think about this, a lot of bible instances come to mind. I would like to point out just a few of them.
A lot of times when we read stories in the bible, we focus on the miracle or whatever God’s man has done. We often forget the flip side of that story and realize that there are also other people who were in desperation when the Lord or his people intervened. Just to give you an example; in the story of the woman with the issue of blood, all we like to focus on is the miracle that was done. Have you ever stopped to think that most likely this woman believed in God and what he could do? Otherwise, why would she be going out and trying to touch him? Have you considered her situation? She was broke because she had spent all that she had on doctors but only grew worse. Have you ever thought about this? God knew just how desperate this woman was and on that particular day Jesus went right down by where she was.
I have often thought about the widow woman who was about to starve to death with her son and that just so happened to be the day that God chose to send Elijah down by where she was. We sometimes underplay the stories in the bible because they only serve to shine a light on the desperate circumstances of the resident person in the story. This woman was literally about to starve. They were down to their last handful of meal and a little oil and had no outlook for their situation changing. Then, because of circumstances unknown to this lady, here came Elijah into town. She may not have known anything about Elijah and he may not have known anything about her except that the Lord said she was going to sustain him. No doubt she had been praying a long time and even though it made no sense that she had been asked to give the last that she had leaving her and her son to starve, nevertheless, she was obedient. The Lord blessed not because of her situation physically, but due to the fact that she had faith enough to believe him and act accordingly.
I have often thought about the disciples getting into that ship to cross the lake at Jesus instruction. Have you ever thought about the fact that when Jesus told them to get into the ship, he already knew that they would get caught in that storm? He also already knew that he would go join them in the middle of the lake in the midst of the storm. He also knew that Peter would want to walk to him on the water. Even though it was a few hours before daylight, Jesus knew exactly where to find them on the lake.
Then there is the man who had been lame for thirty-eight years. Most all of the people who were passing by kept walking but Jesus walked right to him. He then told him all about his situation and asked him if he wanted to be made whole. He had also done that in John 4 when he went through Samaria. He knew when she would be coming to the well and all about her life right down to her marital status. Even as he was passing by on the road and went beneath that sycamore tree, what made him look up at Zacheus? He already knew he would be there and knew he needed a Savior. In the book of Jonah, why did God prepare a fish to swallow a man and out of that big sea, how would anybody know where to start looking for him? The answer is simple: he had his eye on him the whole time.
What about you? Have you ever wondered why in the world you didn’t get ready for work on time when you got up at the same time as always. And then, while on the way to work you came up on a traffic accident that rescue personnel hadn’t even arrived to yet. If you would have been on time, it could have been you in that accident. Do you know why it wasn’t? God had his eye on you and slowed you down so that you could see that he was looking out for you. The bottom line is that he is a good God and he is always watching his children and protecting them. Whatever you are going through right now God already knows about it and has it worked out for you. I just wanted to give you some scripture today to remind you that God is watching you. I hope that it has been a help to you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!