I am now the proud owner of a Fitbit. For those of you not familiar with a Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist or waist that tells you how many steps you take a day, how many stairs you climb, how many calories you burn, how many miles you walk, how many hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up or are restless, and how long it takes to fall asleep. A Fitbit can encourage you if you’re doing well in exercise and sleep, and it can motivate you to do better if you’re falling short.
But a Fitbit can’t do everything and it doesn’t know everything about me. It doesn’t know how I’m feeling emotionally or physically. It can’t warn me when I’m walking into a dangerous situation. It may know how many hours I sleep at night, but it doesn’t know what I’m dreaming about or why I can’t sleep. It doesn’t know what I’m thinking or what tomorrow holds for me.
God, on the other hand, is far better than a Fitbit. He knows all those things and more. He knows every hair on our head, every step we take, every bite we eat, how well we sleep, even what we’re dreaming about. He knows our every thought and what we’re going to say before we ever speak. God knows us inside and out.
- My Fitbit doesn’t know or understand what I’m feeling and thinking, but God does.
- My Fitbit can’t keep me secure, but God can.
- My Fitbit isn’t always with me, but God never leaves me.
- When I feel hopeless, my Fitbit can’t give me refuge or guide me through the dark places or give me hope. But God can do all those things.
- My Fitbit doesn’t control my circumstances. God does.
- My Fitbit doesn’t give me strength. It just tells me what I’m doing in my own strength. God strengthens me and wants me to stop relying on my own strength.
- My Fitbit doesn’t set me free. It actually makes me feel guilty when I don’t reach the daily goals for walking or burning calories. God sets me free through the blood of Christ and frees me from guilt.
- My Fitbit isn’t always dependable. Sometimes it’s just not accurate. But I can depend on God because I know He’s faithful and trustworthy. He will do what He says He will.
Who needs a Fitbit to guide us through life when we have the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, all-loving, all–faithful God? God is far better than any Fitbit.
(But I still wear my Fitbit.)