The end of another year is approaching and many of us are taking stock. It is tempting and natural to see the many difficulties of the year. But expanding that vision, I can see in every instance there was divine intervention. This is the time to remember and share with those around me that God has watched over and supported me every step Iíve taken.
- The psalmist wrote, when I was in great need, he saved me. (Psalm 116:6)
- He has lifted me when Iíve fallen and has helped me stand when I was about to fall. (Psalm 118:13 and 145:14)
- When I was wandering, he has straightened out my path. (Proverbs 3:6)
- When I came to a crossroad and didnít know which way to turn, his gentle whisper showed me the way. (Isaiah 30.21)
My memory verse for the last month of the year is 1 Peter 3:12.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
The Lordís eyes Ė A parent always attempts to keep track of their children. In a crowded room, they keep them close and their eyes follow as the child roams. How much more our Heavenly Father keeps his eyes on us. As Creator of the world, God sees and knows whatís going on. He never loses track.
His eyes roam the whole earth to encourage those who are devoted to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
The righteous. Righteous means morally right or justified. As believers we have been justified through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The righteous are those who have put their faith in Jesus receiving his righteousness.
His ears are attentive to their prayer
Ears Ė Again, as Creator he doesnít miss a thing. Our God hears every whisper and every unspoken plea. He is eager to hear. The Bible records numerous promises. A few are listed below.
- If we ask anything according to his will he hears us. (1 John 5:4)
- If anyone worships him and does his will, he listens. (John 9:31)
- We are welcome at the throne of grace. Just as a child confidently runs to the parent. We are confident to approach and receive mercy in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
- The prayer of a righteous person has great power. (James 5.16)
- Jesus tells us to ask and to seek and to knock. We will receive and find and the door will be opened.(Matthew 7:7)
His face is against those who are evil.
Far from the reassuring face of a loving parent, in this verse God turns his back. The verse refers to those who havenít received his forgiveness. They havenít put their trust in Jesus Christ. There hasnít been repentance. They carry the guilt of sin.
There is hope for those who are desire that deliverance.
ďEveryone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.Ē Romans 10:13 ESV