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He Sees You When You’re Sleeping

by Skip Heitzig |
There's a Christmas song that tells us how Santa Claus "sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!" The writer of this song was wrongly giving an imaginary elf the attributes of God. You see, only God knows everything. This attribute is called omniscience, and it makes Him so different, so much higher, than mere humans.

The thing about God that really grabbed David's attention was His personal and thorough knowledge of him. He said in Psalm 139, "O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether" (Ps. 139:1-4). Amazingly, the God who knows everything about everything cares enough to know each of us personally.

David reminds us that God knows us inside and out. He has searched and knows us, including our thoughts and our motives. He knows when we sit down to relax and when we get up to engage in the activities of our daily lives. He can even tell what we're thinking and what we'll say. Knowing that God knows about us should cause us to live lives that are pleasing to Him. In the words of the Christmas song, we should want to "be good for goodness' sake!"

David also realized that God's thoughts toward Him were both gracious and numerous: "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You" (Ps. 139:17). God's thoughts toward us are precious; in other words, they are loving, concerned thoughts. And His thoughts toward us are continual; they are beyond counting. If the mythical Santa was said to be watching to see whether to give or withhold gifts, know this: God is watching because He wants to give "exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Eph. 3:20).

The Creator of the Universe, the Almighty God, who knows each star by name, is thinking about you. He sees you when you're sleeping, He knows when you're awake...and He is there diligently, lovingly watching over you. "He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He...shall neither slumber nor sleep" (Ps. 121:3-4).

In His strong love,

Skip Heitzig

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