Crossroads: God Sees It All

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Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Your Story

Talk about a time when you knew someone was watching over you (in a good way). How did you feel?

My Story

As a child, my mom always knew everything I did. (At least it felt that way!) I talked during a fire drill when I was in the first grade, which was a big no-no. I got in trouble at school, and when I got home that day, my mom asked me about school. She asked me if anything had happened and I said no. She then told me that she knew what I had done, and I got in trouble for lying about it. It turns out that my teacher had called to tell her what happened. But as a six year old, it felt like my mom knew everything I did. Your parents know most of what you do. But there are times when you do something that they don’t know about. But God sees everything we do.

Read Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24. From The Message: God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too—your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful—I can’t take it all in! Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? To be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, You’d find me in a minute—you’re already there waiting! Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I’m immersed in the light!” It’s a fact: darkness isn’t dark to you; night and day, darkness and light, they’re all the same to you. Investigate my life, O God, find out everything about me; Cross-examine and test me, get a clear picture of what I’m about; See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—then guide me on the road to eternal life.

God knows and sees everything. God knows what we are thinking. God knows what you’re going to say before you even say it. And no matter where you go, God is there. There’s nothing you can do that God doesn’t see. But there’s also nothing you can do that will make God stop loving you. My mother was upset with me that I lied, but even though she was upset, she still loved me. Your parents are the same way. There are times when you do things that upset them, or you do things that disappoint them. But they still love you. But they can’t be everywhere at once.

Sometimes you may feel like you’re all alone. It may be when you go to a new school and don’t know anybody. Or it may be when you go off to camp and you’re homesick. Or it could be the middle of the night when there’s a bad storm outside. There are times when we feel as if we are all by ourselves. But the good news is that you’re never alone. You’re never out of God’s sight. Wherever you go, God is there. Whether it is dark outside or the sun is brightly shining, whether you are happy or sad, whether you are saying nice things to someone or mean things, God is there. God sees it all and knows it all. But no matter what you say or do, God will never stop loving you. God knows every single thing about you, the good and the bad, and God loves you no matter what.

Discussion

• Ask your children to talk about a time when they knew someone was watching over them. How did they feel?
• Talk about how knowing that God is always there can help us make better choices.
• As a family, talk about times when each of you has felt all alone. How does it feel knowing that you’re never actually alone?

Prayer

Thank God that God is always there. Praise God for always loving us, even when we do and say things that aren’t very lovable.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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