One thing we have grown accustomed to in the information age is the idea that a tech company can track us through our search engines, social media, and even our phone apps. Someone always seems to be interested in tracking our information. We try hard to avoid losing privacy but it’s getting more difficult. I typed in the words “who is tracking you” in my search engine and received over 767,000,000 results.
People are concerned about who is tracking them, how it started, and what they can do about it, if anything. The problem is we don’t really trust the tracker doing the tracking. What is their motive? Do they have my best interest at heart or are they simply using me?
As Christians, some of the first theological truths we learn from Scripture have to do with the character of God. We learn that He is a tracker…and He is divinely tracking us all. He sees all, hears all, and knows all. God is tracking you – and it’s impossible for Him to lose track of you.
Our great God has unique attributes that only belong to Him (as Deity) and you should know what some of them are.
God is omnipotent – He is all-powerful
God is omniscient – He is all-knowing
God is omnipresent – He is present everywhere at the same time
God is omnibenevolent – He is supremely good
All these qualities work together in perfect harmony and should not be viewed separately apart from the others. Scriptures bear out these truths from Genesis to Revelation. It’s who God is, always has been, and always will be.
If it makes your mind spin trying to comprehend it all, that should simply remind you that He is God, and you and I are not. If anyone has a god they can easily figure out, humanize, and fit in their back pocket…they don’t really have God in their life – they have a creation of their own imagination. David said these words as He pondered how awesome the true God really is.
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:1-12
Most of us identify so much with our human limitations that we forget how big God really is.
Take time to ponder the greatness of God. Wherever we are, He is. Wherever we need to be, He is already there, planning ahead for us. We can’t shake Him, lose Him, or get beyond His reach. He is constantly and perfectly tracking us. When you combine this knowledge with the understanding that He’s also supremely good and benevolent, it will strengthen your faith. It will help you view God correctly, and Scripturally. It’s a life-changer.
God knows your name. You are not just part of a crowd. You are not a number. When you approach him in prayer or praise, you are not a lost man reintroducing yourself. It’s impossible for Him to forget you. In fact, His eyes never left you. He’s been tracking you because you are valuable to Him. He cares more about you than you even care about yourself.
God may be waiting on you to track Him, but never the other way around.
In Jesus’ earthly ministry, He was showing us what our heavenly Father is like. Jesus shared His Father’s attributes through His teaching, preaching, and miracles. He set the record straight on how powerful God is as well as how personal He is. He wanted us to know that we are much more valuable than we realize. If our Father can track even the birds, He can surely keep track of us.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more Matthew 6:25-26
Jesus did not say God was tracking you to judge you, but to help you.
Proving your value to someone who doesn’t really know or understand you is a dubious task. Trying to talk someone into taking a chance on you can be awkward and humiliating. You don’t want to brag and oversell yourself, but you also don’t want to debase yourself. Here’s the good news: God already knows the real you and He cares about your real life. He already knows your whole situation – every angle, every thought, and every contradiction. You can’t fool Him on the one hand, but He won’t give up on you on the other hand. He is God, what’s more…He is a good God and He wants to help us. He is the one tracker you can trust your life with.