He Tracks You

Our family uses the Life360 app on our phones. It tracks each ­family member and notifies when they ­arrive at specific saved locations. For instance, when Jillian or Peyton ­arrive home we get a text saying they are at home. It even tracks ­Peyton’s driving by logging the distance and to speed during his trip. 

Recently I was driving with the girls and the phone beeped letting me know of a notification. Jamison (the only family member without a phone) said, “Y’all can’t track me. I feel free. Free as a wild horse!” We laughed. She then said, “Well I’m not that wild.” 

I was reminded of the words of the psalmist:

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… Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.
           –Psalm 139:1–4, 7–10)

There is no place we can go where God doesn’t track us. He is ­omniscient and omnipresent. Those two words simply mean he is all-knowing and all-present. 

That thought can be ­overwhelming. And in one sense, it should be ­overwhelming. As Jonah found out, you cannot hide from God. You can try to run from Him but He knows. He sees where you are—even when you are asleep in the belly of a ship. You cannot outrun Him. 

Remember what the wise man said? “For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). God sees your secret deeds—whether they are good or evil. How? He is there. 

But there is another side that should be comforting. It should be comforting that God always knows where we are and what we are doing. After all, He promised us that He would always be with us. He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). It is important to notice what confident statement follows God’s promise: 

So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
                 —Hebrews 13:6

It is God’s ever abiding presence that should give us the confidence to depend on Him as our rock, our shield, and our deliverer. If He was not with us, how could we ever depend on Him? How could we trust Him to be our helper? 

As you go through the week, realize God is tracking you. He is watching you. He knows where you are and what you are doing. 

But that also means He can deliver you in a time of need. You can call on Him when you are suffering, lost, or tempted. 

He is tracking you. Does that make you feel anxious? Or does it provide you security and safety?