“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.””
1 Peter 3:12
There are days, where I don’t feel very righteous. I can be cranky, judgmental, and negative even on a good day. On a bad day, I can be downright hateful. I know it, and God’s working on me. If you catch me in those times, know I am sorry. I do not ever want to hurt any other person. God’s still getting the yuck out. His Word says for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).
Yet God calls me righteous. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 . So His eyes are always on me. His ears are attentive to my prayers.
When I really think about God’s eyes being on me. I realize how I should always walk in integrity. I think about how as a child there were things my sisters and I would not do under the watchful eyes of our parents. Yet, as soon as they turned their back or left the room, our innocent act left. God never turns His back, He never leaves the room. He is always watching.
I don’t see Him as a God who is watching me, trying to catch me in the act of being naughty. Yes, there are times He disciplines me. He is a loving Father who is watching me, watching each of us, to delight in our good behaviors. He wants us to stay on the straight and narrow path. He desires each of us to be a person of integrity and good character.
He desires to have fellowship and His ears are attentive to my prayers. He wants me to talk with Him about anything and everything. He wants me to ask of Him both small and big things. He wants to answer me. That is also something I am working on, because I was raised that asking for help is a sign of weakness. I have discovered two truths as God works with me in this area.
The first is that it is in my weakness He is allowed to be strong in my life. When I can expose my weaknesses, He is able to manifest in that area. He is able to shine through me because I know in and of myself, I can’t. It is not by my might or power, but by His Spirit within me. Will he let me keep doing it on my own, yes, He is a gentleman. Does He want me to do it on my own, no. He wants me to turn and ask Him for help like any good father, He wants to help His children.
The second thing I have learned, is that I love helping others. God has given me that gift of helps and mercy. There are times that I probably get more out of offering the help than the person receiving the help. It makes me feel good to help. When I refuse to ask for help, I am robbing someone else, even God of that blessed feeling. I don’t want to rob anyone from feeling good. He wants to help me. He wants to let others help me. He just needs me to ask for it, and to accept when offered.
God is for His children. He is watching us, wanting to be there for us in whatever way we will let Him. He is waiting for us to ask Him to be part of every part of our lives. He is waiting to help us and send others to help us. His eyes and ears are attentive to His children, desiring to give us good things.
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