The phrase “Long Arm of the Law” dredges up Marshall Matt Dillon from the ‘Gunsmoke’, Cowboys and Indians and gun fights in the streets of the Wild West. Wherever the bad guys were (always dressed in black), you were sure to see Marshall Dillon show up to save the day. The good guys always win, right? Hi Ho Silver, awaaaay! Even the Lone Ranger rode in on a white horse to make sure that good prevailed and bad was punished. The cries of the poor, needy and down-trodden were heard three states away and drew the masked man to come save the day. Unfortunately, all of this only took place on a Hollywood set for the entertainment of television viewers. Real life is not fair. The good don’t always prevail. The cries of the poor and needy are not heard….or are they?
Psalm 33:18 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love” ~NIV
God never sleeps and never tires of reaching out to help those who cry out to Him. Just like a parent who rushes when they hear their child crying, He is there to help – if only we call on Him. When my children where little, they sometimes worried that I might not hear them if they cried in the night. I reassured them that I could sleep through an earthquake, but should they need me, I was awake and alert. God is better than that because he doesn’t even rest from searching for those who might need Him.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand —
when I awake, I am still with you.
This is one of my favorite passages from the Bible! Where can I possibly go that God can’t find me? According to these words written by David, there is no where on heaven or earth that He is not already there. Sometimes I may not want Him to see me because I am ashamed of my actions or I have traveled away from Him, but He will not let me go! His love for me is so strong that no matter how far I try to run or the dark places that I may try to hide myself in from Him, His eyes are watching. I am sure you are familiar with the game of Hide and Seek. Who as a child has not played this favorite game? I used to have the best hiding places. One of my favorite things to do was to sneak into the dining room and squeeze myself into one of the side doors in the serving buffet. I have no idea how I was able to fit into such a small place, but nevertheless I did. No one could find me in that spot. I would sit there in silence waiting, but no one would come. Even in that dark hiding place, I was not alone, for God was there with me. It is impossible to hide from Him. In good or bad, He is there. He rejoices in our happiness and triumphs but he is there to hold us and heal us in our hurts and sorrow. His presence is not dependent upon our good behavior, thankfully, but is a gift to us because He loves and cares for us.
“Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 ~AMP
Are you lonely, tired or hurt? Are you excited with good news? Look to your Heavenly Father, for he waits anxiously for you to call Him. He is always there!