The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good (Prov 15:3)~ What can we hide from God’s sight? David could not hide his thoughts, dreams, or even his unspoken words (Ps 139:1-6). Where can we hide from God’s sight? David could not hide in heaven, hell, the farthest parts of the sea, or in darkness (Ps 139:7-12). God is everywhere to see everything. God fully knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts. There is nothing of our lives that we can hide from Him. His eyes see and hate all of our hypocrisies, sins, and evil thoughts. Though we may excuse our sins to others or influence them by other means, we cannot so affect God. All our ways are naked and opened to His all-seeing eyes. Though we may have secret sins that others do not know, He knows each one fully. Men have lied to themselves that God does not see (Job 22:13-14; Ps 10:11). The devil is a lie! Don’t be deceived! But the GOOD news is… God also sees our good works. He does not miss a single prayer we make in secret (Matt 6:6). A poor widow sneaking her two mites into the treasury was fully known to God (Luke 21:1-4). Every good thing you have done will be remembered in the great Day of Judgment, even those you forget (Eccl 12:14; II Cor 5:10; Matt 25:31-40; Heb 6:10)! God sees every person, all eight plus billion of them. Though very great, He humbles Himself to behold His children on earth (Ps 113:4-9). Though perfectly holy, He sees a man’s entire life and heart to overlook all faults (II Chr15:17; I Kgs 15:3-5). God sees all you do for your spouse and children and family. He knows of your good deeds and the intent of your heart in well doing to others! Comfort yourself at the end of a long day that our Heavenly Father sees and cares. He knows and avenges any trouble that others cause you. He sees all your afflictions, so comfort yourself in distress. He bottles your tears and writes them in His book (Ps 56:8; Mal 2:15). He hears you talk about Him with others, and He writes your name down for it (Mal 3:16). Not a sparrow can fall without His providential care, and you are of more value than many sparrows. God sees and knows all about you so believe that He will keep you in perfect peace as your mind is stayed on Him; because you trust in Him!
Today we thank and remember those who gave their lives because of their love for their country, the freedoms we enjoy and our rights to certain ways of life. But, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. (John 15:13-14); For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:24); I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me. (Gal 2:20)~ My friend, here is how much Jesus loves you. ..that He thought you were to die for. He saw you as a friend and laid down His life for you. Are you a friend of God? Are you willing to give up ‘your life’ for Him? Is it more important to live how YOU want or to allow the life of Christ to live in you? He gave His life for yours. Do you love Him that much?
And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed (Deut 31:8)~ Things around you may seem so out of hand. You may not know what your next step is going to be! God may even seem distant to you! Your mind is full of thoughts asking “Why, Lord?”. And there seems to be little circumstances that even mock you for believing in God… challenging you and almost asking you “Where is your God now?”. But the devil is a liar! Don’t fall for the trickery! Those carnal and evil weapons of confusion, unbelief and fear, they are hot coals that will burn you the longer you hold on to them. DROP IT!!! They were formed against you and cannot prosper unless you hold onto them and let them consume you! The truth is: God IS!!! Though you can’t always trace Him, you CAN always trust Him. Don’t worry about the things you see…but remember what you have already overcome; God would not bring you this far through so many things to forget you. The Lord, He IS: Always present in our lives; He IS: Over all things; He IS the one who goes before us; He IS the fixer of every situation and trial and He IS the One who never forsakes the righteous in Him. Friend, be strong and of Good courage, God IS wherever, whenever and whatever you need Him to be … In fact, He’s not only with you; He’s GOT you!
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His (Heb 4:9-10)~~ God has always declared man’s rest to be in Him, and His love to be the only real happiness of the soul; and faith in His promises, through His Son, to be the only way of entering that rest. There is, in Him, a more spiritual and excellent rest remaining than that of the seventh day. This rest is, a rest of grace, and comfort, and holiness, in the gospel state. The rest, is undoubtedly the heavenly rest, which remains to the people of God, and is opposed to a state of labor and trouble in this world. It is the rest they shall obtain when the Lord Jesus shall appear from Heaven. As God finished His work, and then rested from it, so He will cause those who believe, to finish their work, and then to enjoy their rest. But those who do not believe, shall never enter into this spiritual rest, either of grace here or glory hereafter. (Read that again… those who don’t believe shall never have rest! – No God = No Peace!) True Sabbath..that holy rest, the kind that empties us of our works and fills us with the blessings of God’s completed works, depends on complete confidence and trust….rooted in a deep conviction that God is good and God is sovereign. There’s no rest for those who don’t believe that. If God works all things together for good for those who love Him and are called to His purposes (Rom 8:28), you can relax. If He doesn’t, you had better start worrying. If God can pick any mess, any mishap, any wastage, any wreckage, any evil meant toward you, any anything, and choreograph beauty and meaning from it (Gen 50:20) then you can rest in Him! If He can’t, you had better get busy. Either God’s always at work, watching the city, building the house, or you need to try harder. Either God is good and in control, or it all depends on you. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28).
Do you see how faith worked with his works, and from the works faith was made complete? (James2:22)~ you want change so you have faith and you ‘wait’ on the Lord because they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isa 40:31) …and you ‘wait’ and you ‘wait’!!! Yes, all things are possible to him who believes and has faith; so as we believe, we just sit in our faith and think things will change. So after all that ‘waiting’, nothing happens, and now your faith in God dies! There is still no better answer to this than the fact that you have to GET UP! Keep in mind, those who had faith when Jesus walked; and even those before Him on the earth…all had an action corresponding to it (see Hebrews chapter 11). The woman with the issue of blood had faith, but didn’t just wait for Jesus to come touch her for her healing, she had to make her way through resistance that was keeping her from Him (the crowd – different story) and the effort of action in her faith made her whole; Although Peter believed Jesus would have him walk on water, He didn’t sit there until Jesus whisked him out onto the water, no, it wouldn’t happen until Peter “got up” and stepped (in faith) out of the boat. Jesus healed the infirmed man who had faith but sat there and waited (in faith) for 38 years only to find out that he simply had to “get up” and take up his bed to realize it. Friend, we all have healing and blessings in The Lord but our faith is just a belief until we take a step in it. Martin Luther King Jr is famous for saying that Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. Yes, they that wait on The Lord renew their strength…that strength is to be USED to MOUNT UP with the wings of Eagles; to RUN the race set before us and to WALK in the paths of His righteousness, that we will NOT FAINT in adversity, but PROSPER and PERSEVERE! Christ has healed our spiritual diseases, let us GO wherever he sends us, and TAKE UP whatever he lays upon us. The proof of our spiritual cure is not just our belief, but our RISING and WALKING; in Him! What are you faithful for? When are you going to GET UP and take the step to get it?
Have you wondered why some people, even family and/or friends do not appreciate the things God has shown you in His word? Why are they not convicted like you about God and godliness? What would happen if you confronted them about Jesus Christ, coming judgment, and living a “following Christ” life? Would they accept you as a messenger of God’s word and echo your faith in Him; or would they reject your words and hate you.
What is the difference? You have hearing ears and seeing eyes – they do not. It is only by God’s free grace that we are given spiritual ears and eyes to hear and see the things of God. You received natural hearing and vision at your first birth; you receive spiritual hearing and vision at your second birth. Spiritual hearing and sight are much more important than physical. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Cor 2:14). Don’t be frustrated by people rejecting truth and wisdom, no matter how well you present it. Jesus and Paul met with the same response. The religious leaders of the Jews crucified Jesus, and they chased Paul around the Roman Empire until he was beheaded.
It’s like common sense; not everyone can comprehend what it means to have it and many that think they have it sure don’t live like they have it. This “spiritual sense” is more elusive to folks than even common sense.. The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good (Ps 14:1). So, if you can hear or see the things of God today, give Him thanks, and run in the direction of that conviction, today! If you fear you are not born again, your duty is the same. Run to the Lord Jesus Christ, own Him as your Sovereign and only Hope, obey Him and pray for Him to lead you to others that have been born again.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God (Ps 14:2). Don’t be a natural born fool… but be born again in the Spirit and be saved!