Did you know that God watches over us? In a world that sometimes seems as if it has gone crazy, it’s hard to believe that a loving God exists and is caring for His people, but He does. It’s hard to believe that God sees everything and allows humanity to continue to pursue things that are destructive or that do not reflect the heart of God.
Why does God allow women to be kidnapped and treated like animals? Why does He allow evil to go unpunished? Why does He allow the wicked to prosper while the righteous suffer? Maybe you’re not sure if God sees it all. Maybe you wonder if God really sees everything. I hear you. So let’s talk about it.
God Is Watching You Meaning
We live in a strange world, and so the idea that someone is watching you all the time may have a little bit of a stalker vibe to it, but that’s not what this is. When people say that God is always watching over you, it’s meant in a protective sort of way. God is the good Father who wants to make sure that His child is safe.
He is the Creator who watches to see if the creation is going to live up to its full potential or be used in the way it was intended to be used. The idea that God will watch over you is meant to be comforting.
It’s meant to remind you that no matter how isolated–how alone–you feel God is always watching over you. I got this reminder a lot as I was reading Jane Doe.
Raven was in the worst possible situation–she had been kidnapped and held in a barn by a maniac who tortured her for days on end. She wanted to die but even as she was at the mercy of this madman, she was aware of the fact that God was with her.
She couldn’t understand why she had been taken from her family and friends or why her attacker had chosen her, but she knew God saw everything she was going through and would get her through it.
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How Does God Watch Over Us
You may have experienced traumatic situations, maybe you’re in one right now, and you may not understand how God is watching over you because you have no idea how He’s doing it. So let me share some of the ways God may watch over you.
- He’s in the voice of a friend who calls to check on you at just the right time.
- He’s in nature reminding you that you’re worth caring for because He cares for the birds of the air, the animals in the field, and the plants…He will care for you as well.
- God’s care for you is evident in the unexpected cash flow that you receive at just the right time.
- It’s the peace you feel when you’re going through a trial–the kind of peace you can’t explain because it makes no sense.
God uses subtle and extravagant things to remind us of His existence and the fact that He sees what we’re going through and is looking out for us.
What Does God Protect Us From
If you’ve been a Christian for any length of time, you may have heard that we’re involved in a spiritual war. Basically, there are two sides: God and the devil. If you are not on God’s side you are automatically on the devil’s whether you consciously choose to align with him or not. But the thing about it is we can’t see the enemy. I know, scary thought.
How can we fight an enemy we can’t see? How do we defend ourselves against evil people? That’s why it’s so reassuring to know that God watches over us. You have an all-knowing, all-powerful, omnipresent God who is fighting on your behalf. I saw this reminder also in Jane Doe. And you may wonder, how could this book remind me that God watches over us? It was so dark, as my son would say.
That’s life, isn’t it? Bad things happen. but it doesn’t mean that God is silent or even that He is absent from our suffering. When Raven needed Him the most, He showed up. When she felt like giving up, He was there. Through every stage of her recovery, God was there and it was good to know that just as God will watch over her, God will watch over you, He will watch over me.
It may be hard to believe that the Lord watches over your coming and going but that’s where faith comes in. If God says something in His Word, we have to believe it to be true.
The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore (Psalm 121:5-8 NIV).
This psalm promises that God will watch over us. Can we believe in God’s Word? Can we believe God’s promises? We can. History proves it and I’m sure you have at least one experience in your life that reminds you that God is protecting you, that He keeps His promises.
Verses About God Seeing Us
There’s a song by Tauren Wells I love that I think encapsulates this idea of God seeing us. It talks about how God sees the mess on our insides but yet He still calls us to Himself.
I’m sharing this thought with you before I go into the scripture about God seeing us because I believe the entire Bible is about God seeing us. God sees it all–the mess, frailty, and fragility of humanity but still, He loves us. He has not abandoned His title as our Creator and Father, He watches over us in spite of ourselves.
God knows our every thought. He sees everything we do.
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 (Psalm 139:1-3 NIV).
There is no place on earth, in heaven, or in hell that we can go where God cannot see us. He is watching over us in every sphere of our lives.
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 139:7-12 NIV).
God is watching over everyone, whether they are evil or good.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good (Proverbs 15:3 ESV).
Not only is God watching over us, but He’s also willing to teach us and offer us advice about what we ought to do.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you (Psalm 32:8 ESV).
Jane Doe Review
Jane Doe starts with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end. Raven is kidnapped and tortured but through it all, she knows God is watching over her.
The story started fast and the pace is maintained throughout but in the end, it felt a little rushed and things fell in place almost too easily. I was also left with some questions that weren’t answered. Overall, it was an engaging read and I was hooked. I was invested in what happened to the characters and wanted Raven to recover and get justice for what had happened to her.
Jane Doe is a powerful reminder that God is always with us–even when we don’t feel Him or bad things happen.
Know God–when Raven was with the monster, she had a sense that God was with her, this was because she had taken the time to cultivate a relationship with Him. After she was rescued, she had to reconnect with her faith because on the other side it didn’t always feel as if survival had been a blessing. Raven had to learn as we do, that God never changes. He is faithful regardless of our situations or how we feel.
Know yourself–what would it take for you to question your faith? Do you know your identity in Christ? Are you invested in that identity? Jane Doe shows the reader what it looks like to have a crisis of faith. In the wake of a traumatic event, and trauma is relative to who is experiencing it, it’s easy to question who you are if you are a believer. I can only imagine how much more challenging it is to have an identity crisis when you don’t have a relationship with God.
Run your race–Raven liked secrets. She kept her emotions, struggles, and issues close to her chest not even sharing it with those she cared about. As she started the journey towards recovery, she realized she couldn’t do it on her own. She needed people. We all have our own race to run but that doesn’t mean God expects us to do it on our own. He wants us to lean on Him and He wants us to lean on each other.
Jane Doe is a story about courage, about the power of secrets–their ability to trap us in shame and how exposing them to light sets us free. It’s the story of one woman’s fight to reclaim her identity in Christ and a reminder that God watches over us, He has not left us alone.
I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Celebrate Lit; a positive review was not required. Get your copy of Jane Doe.
About Jane Doe
Raven Marks survives a brutal kidnapping but just barely. Along with a broken body, her mind is broken. She wants to put the past behind her, but nightmarish memories won’t let her. At first, because she doesn’t have them, and then because she does.
Even though her fractured memory can’t recall every detail, she’s haunted by one thought: What if she wasn’t the last victim? Her search for answers leads her to the highest politicians in the land. Each reclaimed memory brings her closer to the truth—and to even more danger.
About Lillian Duncan
Lillian lives in a small town in Ohio with her husband. She writes the types of books she loves to read. Even though her books cross genres, they have one thing in common, faith-based stories that demonstrate God’s love—and lots of action.
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God Is Always Watching Over You
We live in a world where things don’t always go as we would like them to. Family members die. We have challenges at school or in the office. We may feel as though we’re alone but God has not left us to deal with our challenges on our own. He watches over us. As you go through your day, rest assured that God will watch over you.
I encourage you to take one of the verses above to memorize, knowing that God sees you. He sees everything. May God watch over you.