October 11, 2008

Nowhere to Hide

Psalm 139

O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
Psalm 139:1


Want to know where your kids are when you are at work? Did they make it safely home after school?

A school in Doncaster, England, is testing the use of RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to track students. A radio chip is planted on the uniforms of high school students, and the school administration (and eventually parents) can use it to monitor the movement of students.

A similar device was used in Sacramento, California, in 2005, but it was eventually discontinued because parents objected. The main issue was about privacy. They said, “These kids are humans too and should not be tracked down like merchandise or criminals.” However, if bad things do happen, most parents want to know immediately where their children are and if they’re OK. We want to “have our cake and eat it too.”

Our relationship with God is sometimes like that. We want him at our side when there are problems, but we think we’re OK without him the rest of the time. King David, who wrote Psalm 139, saw things differently. He knew that we need the Lord watching over us all the time. He knew that the Lord’s intentions are all good. Like David, we should say, “Search me, O God, and know my heart … See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Father, thank you for watching over me day and night. Help me to walk with you and not to wander away from you. Guide me to trust you in all things. In Christ, Amen.

About the author — Jimmy Tai-On Lin

Rev. Jimmy Lin is the Chinese ministry leader of The Back to God Hour. With his staff in Palos Heights and Hong Kong, Rev. Lin has ministered to over 1.3 billion Chinese-speaking people around the world for 16 years through radio, literature, CD/DVD, Internet, and text message. His wife, Doris, is one of the translators of Today into the Chinese language, which now has a circulation of more than 45,000 copies.

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