12th November 2018

God Knows 

“And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”
Romans 6:13 (NKJV UK)

I have a friend who, despite having a sat-nav device, won’t use it because he doesn’t want ‘them’ to know where he’s been or where he’s going. Vainly I have hinted that it is most unlikely ‘they’ would be interested in his activities.  If ‘they’ are officialdom of our nation, it’s true ‘they’ do have all sorts of information about our activities.

The man who bought a large amount of fertiliser over the internet found himself explaining to the anti-terrorist police that, no, he wasn’t making bombs, merely preparing for next year’s crop on his allotment. And you might think that your bank account or medical records are private and belong exclusively to you. As someone who’s lived with diabetes for a decade, I am acutely aware that if just one of the trail of specialists I see in a year decides I shouldn’t be driving anymore, they have a duty to signal that to the authorities, and my driving would be stopped pretty much immediately.

And if you work in any area that’s a bit sensitive, as I did, you may be sure that ‘they’ know as much about you as they want, including social activities, friends and family, regular habits and your religion. Is this a bad thing? My friend would say it was. But I wonder. If you have nothing to hide, what harm does it do? I think that at times it might be a good thing that we are monitored as necessary. I want terrorists to be caught—preferably before they inflict something nasty on innocent people. I want those who traffic in human misery of whatever kind, to be stopped as soon as possible and as completely as possible.

Rather than evading being monitored, it might be better to limit ourselves to laudable activities. That’s certainly true for the Christian. Given that our God is omnipresent and omniscient, he knows what we get up to—why, he even knows what we think! No human monitoring service can yet do that. Where I might be tempted to steal something accessible to my sticky fingers, the thought that God knows might be enough to deter me.

And if that seems too negative, there is a positive side. God’s intimate knowledge about each one of us is actually very encouraging because he understands what makes us ‘tick’, as ‘they’ say. Christians have been given promises that, for example, God will never allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure and outlast. With temptation, we are told, there is always a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). Now that’s encouraging and positive. And I’m more than content to live knowing that God monitors me. 

Thank you, heavenly Father, for knowing me, monitoring me, caring for me and loving me. I have no fear of that; I know that you probably know me better than myself. Please don’t stop, but please bring to my attention anything that I need to change. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by John Stettaford


About the Author:
John Stettaford is an Elder in the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Prospect School, Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane
RG30 4EL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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