Our neighbours moved out last week. While they were packing up their house they came over to say goodbye. When they visited they gave our kids some things that they couldn’t take with them. One of the items was a toy fire engine. We put new batteries in it and it came to life with lights and sirens.
Later that night, as I was putting my son to bed, I tried to turn off the fire engine. After a few minutes of trying my son said ‘you can’t turn it off. There’s no off button, it’s always on’. This seemed strange, but as I investigated further he was right, there was no off button.
As I’ve contemplated a toy with no off button, a toy that’s always on, I can’t help be reminded of God.
A God who is always on.
Psalm 121 is one of my favourite Psalms. It talks about looking to the mountains and seeing help coming over the horizon. It’s about the Lord who watches over His people. It speaks of a God who doesn’t slumber nor sleep. In other words, a God who is always on.
There is no off button.
This God, our God, is always on.
Independent of what you are going through, He is mindful of you and your situation. Not only that, He is mindful of all of our lives. He is mindful of everyones situation.
He see’s our successes and our failures. He is involved in our triumphs and our losses. When we become tired and weary, He doesn’t. While the batteries on the fire truck soon wore out, God doesn’t run out of energy. He doesn’t grow weary of keeping all things in hand.
Even more than just being mindful, or even just aware, when we put our trust in Jesus, He promises to be with us. In other words, He doesn’t just silently observe, He goes with us through our experiences. He journeys with us across the breadth and depth of our lives.
The writer of Hebrews encourages us in this when it says;
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb 13:5
Here we see that Jesus will never leave us, no matter what. Therefore, we have no need to covet, or to look to anything other than Christ for our security, help and future.
In our temporal world, a world where batteries do wear out and energy does run dry, Psalm 121 and Hebrews 13 remind us that we have nothing to fear. God is our help and provider. He is with us and we have no need to look anywhere but to Him. He is always with us.
Our God is always on!
Over to you…
How have you be aware of the God that is always on today? Add your experience in the comments section below.