Job 28:24 – For [God] views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. (NIV)
I love using Google Earth on my computer. It amazes me that satellite cameras can focus on my neighbourhood, allowing me to see my house from outer space. I also use Google Earth to look at the places in Scotland where I used to live. I can truly say that I can see my dad's house in Glasgow, Scotland, from here in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
Sometimes when I'm looking at Glasgow, or Maybole, where I ministered, I follow a road or a bus route and relive journeys from my past. I look at lochs and glens, beaches and bays, and fondly remember days of my childhood and youth. We live in a remarkable age, and I am truly delighted at having these experiences.
I also use Google Earth to look at places that are mentioned in the Bible. It gives me an idea of what kind of scenery that various biblical characters must have had when they walked the earth. Recently, our church has been reading and studying Paul's letter to the Colossians, and I found it interesting to look at the modern-day region of Hanoz in Turkey. It made me realize how isolated those Colossians Christians were from the rest of the Mediterranean Church.
When I read today's verse from the Book of Job, it made me wonder if God looks across the earth and sees not only what's happening now, but fondly remembers times gone by when His biblical people and Christ's early church moved across the Mediterranean and Middle East.
I like that. I like the fact that God is watching me and recalling the events of my life at the same time. It comforts me to know that through Christ, there are no barriers between God and me. And it reassures me to feel that God is very interested in each and every individual life on earth. He truly views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.
Prayer: Lord God, thank You for embracing this planet called Earth and its entire population. Thank You for the investment of Your Son Jesus in our history, geography, and lives. And thank You for the comfort that Your watchful and loving presence gives to each and every one of us. In Your holy name, we gratefully pray. Amen.