I recently added the “Find My Friends” app to my iPhone. It is an amazing app. It allows all of the members of our household to know the whereabouts of each other. With a few clicks on the screen, I can see if my son is in the library studying or at the beach surfing. I can see if my daughter made it safely to school. I can see if my wife is close to home or still shopping for groceries.
There is something comforting this, especially as a parent who loves his children. But admittedly, there is something unnerving about this, as privacy among us is gone. However, my son reminded me that the phone company already knows where we are at all times. It’s how they are able to connect our phones with those who are calling. So, the app merely lets us in on the knowledge.
This is nothing new for God. He has always known where all of us are. He knows us in the womb, before we were even born.
“For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. …
My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret, …
Your eyes saw my unformed substance” (Psalm 139:13-16).
This is comforting. But it means that privacy is gone.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
keeping watch on the evil and the good” (Proverbs 15:3).
You may be able to hide things from others, but you cannot hide things from God.