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The Eyes of the Lord



Peter is a good example of what God can do with a man whose heart is totally surrendered to Him. Peter began walking with Jesus when he was but a rough-hewn, rugged fisherman who smelled like the sea. In the various accounts of his early days as a disciple, we find that most everything he did was impulsively done. But over time, he would become totally surrendered to Jesus.


One of the first Bible verses I memorized is one of my favorites -- 2 Chronicles 16:9: For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. I've always been intrigued by that verse and have often used it as a plumb line for my life to judge whether or not I was living up to God's expectations. Am I fully committed to Him? Are you?


In my quiet time, God spoke to me through similar verses from 1 Peter 3: For, 'whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil' (10-12).


Though Peter is quoting from Psalm 34, these words seem particularly well placed in his New Testament letter. It's not only a reminder that "the eyes of the Lord are upon us," but also of another truth: "and his ears are attentive to their prayer." He watches and strengthens us, but He also hears us when we pray.


Notice the conditions for these heavenly favors; there are six. We must keep our "tongue from evil, and our lips from deceitful speech." We must "turn from evil and do good;" we must "seek peace and pursue it." These six conditions represent both the attitudes of our hearts as well as the actions of our lives.


Some might read these and conclude, "It's hopeless!" But it really isn't. Not only does God provide the strength to be able to meet these conditions, we've also seen them lived out in others' lives and know it's frequently done.


Like you, I want the eyes of the Lord upon me and I want His ears attentive to my prayers. But do we have His eye...and His ear? Take a moment to glance over these conditions again and ask God to reveal to you whether or not you're meeting them.


Sometimes we may feel as though God is not answering our prayers; but according to this, it may be because we've not kept our tongues from evil, our lips from deceitful speech; perhaps we've refused to turn from evil and do good, and maybe we've failed to both seek and pursue peace. Pray that God will help you bring your life "in plumb" with the truths of His Word. And pray the same for each member of your church. It's important that we're in-line with Him as He's outlined in His Word.


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