December 5, 2008
O LORD, You have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
We might imagine our activities can be carried out in secret - away from the Lord's view - but this is not what Scripture teaches. This truth was apparent to one young girl who understood the omniscience of God and how nothing happens beyond His watchful eyes.
A high-school boy had invited this girl into his room. He had big plans for her. The girl was a Christian and asked him to close the door and windows of his room first, which he happily did. Then, she asked him to close God's eyes that were looking on them. The young man did not know where to find God's eyes. The girl explained to him that God sees all things. He knows us, and He knows all our thoughts and ideas. Even though we may be out of sight from men in a hidden room or in darkness, God's eyes can see us.
After pondering the girl's words, the boy reconsidered his plans and put them aside. He understood that though he might do something secretly - beyond the eyes of men - his actions were still plainly visible to God.
We've all been in this situation. Maybe you find yourself doing something in secret. It might be sneaking off and abusing alcohol or drugs; it might be a habit of petty thieving or gossiping about a work colleague or family member; it might be "big plans" involving sex or taking advantage of someone in an inappropriate way.
Whatever it is, know that God, who is our Creator and ultimate Judge, has His eyes fixed on us every moment of our lives. He knows our every move and intention. He knows our heart - inside and out. And even though He knows us this well, He loves us anyway - so much so that He sent His Son to the cross to bear our sins and provide a way back to Him.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we praise and bless You for Your watchfulness in our lives. By Your Spirit, remind us we are ever in Your view. Let our words and actions plainly show our obedience to You as we honor in our lives the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. Amen.
Biography of Author:
This devotion was written by a volunteer in Lutheran Hour Ministries' office in Yaoundé. Called, The Voice of Hope - Lutheran Hour Ministries, since 2001 this office has spread the Gospel through individuals participating in its Equipping the Saints program and by those utilizing LHM's Bible Correspondence Course (BCC). In addition to conducting prison ministry and outreach to children living on the streets, LHM's ministry in Cameroon also stages drama and musical performances.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.