My four-year-old has been going through a phase (at least I hope it’s just a phase!) in which she does not want to be alone. Even when I tell her to go into the kitchen to choose a snack, she says, “I don’t want to be by myself! Will you please go with me?”
Psalm 139 is an excellent portion of Scripture which offers a great deal of comfort, regarding how intimately God knows us. Verse seven asks, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” The psalmist of course comes to the conclusion that wherever he might go, God is there. “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you” (v. 11-12).
Now, of course, for the spirit troubled by sin, this passage may not offer hope, but terror. Where can a sinner hide from a holy, righteous and just God? We cannot hide from Him. He knows all and sees all – Even our sin. But we need not fear Him. God cannot stand sin, but His love and mercy is such that He could not leave us in our sin. He instead sent His Son, the only One who could bear the punishment for sin and satisfy God’s justice, while at the same time remaining holy and blameless so that the death which He suffered could not hold Him. He rose, and we too have that hope. He is with us always, to the end of time (Matthew 28:20).
What a blessing to teach this to my children! I pray that God’s love and patience will be reflected in my actions toward them!