The Blessings of Being Watched
The Christian life is most often likened in the New Testament to the development of a child. Everything from the image of being “born again” (John 3:3, 7) to developing intimacy with the Father (Rom. 8:15) lends itself to that comparison. But there is another aspect of childhood that is much like the spiritual walk—the way we respond to a parent’s presence.
As children develop, and learn that they have a will of their own, they resent the “omnipresence” of their parents. Just when they think it’s safe to get an extra cookie out of the cookie jar, in walks Mom. Or just when a preteen thinks it’s safe to watch a little choreographed mayhem on the cable wrestling channel, Dad comes home early from work. Maturity in childhood, and in the spiritual life, comes when we stop trying to get around authority and start basking in the light and protection of it. When we realize that authorities can teach us, protect us, encourage us, and help us, we have reached adulthood not only as humans, but as Christians.
David, the psalmist, in one of his most beloved psalms, had reached that point in his life. He marveled that there was no where he could go and be beyond the watchful and protective eye of God. From the heights of heaven to the depths of the sea, from the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, God was there. In darkness as well as in the light, God never blinked when watching David. There was a time when David resented this all-seeing eye of God, a time when he was less mature. The only way God could have sent Nathan to rebuke David for adultery with Bathsheba was that God had seen David do it (2 Sam. 11-12). But in Psalm 139 we find a believer who loves the feeling of always being watched.
Are there times when you wish God wasn’t always watching you? The more you experience the benefits of his presence, the more you will come to appreciate never being out of his sight. The best part of being a child of any age is being watched, and watched out for, by your Father.
God’s Promise to You: “As a Father, I delight in watching over you, my child.”
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