Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make; he’s aware of every step you take. (Message Bible)
2 Chron. 16:9; Job 31:4, 34:21; Prov. 15:3; Jer. 16:17, 32:19; Hosea 7:2; Hebrews 4:!3
It’s plain to see, clear as black and white, as transparent as mud, that man is by no means perfect! God knows this; He sees this; He wrote it down, took some notes beforehand, just so we could read about it later, about how messed up we really are when we get to the root cause of our mistakes, of who we are, when we are separated from Him. In the Bible, the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, the story line is still the same, only the character names change. It’s almost like dejavu but with a twist. We are all still sinners hopelessly in need of a loving God and Savior who can wash us clean from our sin stained life, from our ragged old garments.
The author of the books of the Chronicles in the Old Testament informs us that, “The eyes of the Lord run to a fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward Him” (2 Chron. 16:9). This verse is inset in a historical record of the Kings of Judah and Israel. This verse oversees the leaders of the people of God and their leadership morals and principles. If you are in any leadership role, even if you don’t see yourself as a leader, God is watching you.
Are your ways – your actions, words, emotions, etc… – toward life, directed toward the things God has placed you in? Are you blameless in His sight? I lean toward the thought that “not always” is the predictive majority answer to this question. Look at, and think about, Abraham and how he pleaded with God for the life of one, or Sarah and how she laughed at God’s promise of life and nations to them; how about Moses and his complaining about how he does not possess leader qualities, how he is not leader material with his speech impediment. What about David and Job, and their undying, unfaltering faith and trust in God’s promises despite their shortcomings. Then we witness the disciples and their mixed bag of emotions, doubts, fears, and faith of all shapes and sizes. In the end, it all boils down to this thought: God sees and knows everything!
Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
REFLECTION : What is God saying to you through today’s reading?
Despite your shortcomings and failures, are you placing your trust and faith in God and allowing Him to sort out and fix the broken areas of your life so He can use you for His purpose?
We all have a past; God has forgiven us of our past when we committed our life to Him; He is now looking at the now. How has your life changed in regards to this truth?
God already knows the path and journey laid before our feet, “You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways,”(Psalms 139:3), how does this change the way you approach the day when you wake up every morning?
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