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November 7, 2004

”The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.”

Psalm 34:15+16

The LORD looks from heaven; he sees all the sons of men. From the place of his dwelling He looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth. Psalm 33:13+14.

God watches us!

Psalm 33:15 says: “He fashions their [our] hearts individually; he considers all their works.”

God not only watches us, He examines our hearts (our motives) and also the things we do.

Are there certain standards that God always upholds?

Contrary to popular opinion, God does stand for certain things and against others. The pages of His love letter, the Bible, teach us what He values and what He hates.

One of His standards is: The Ten Commandments. In them, we learn that God expects us to love Him, not idols; to observe the Sabbath; to honor our parents; not to kill others,  nor lie, nor steal nor slander; to be content with our lot in life and to avoid comparing ourselves with others or wanting what others have.

God’s ways don’t change. He doesn’t have morals that are fashionable today and outdated tomorrow. God’s ways are permanent. His character and standards are absolute.

This is a foreign idea to our culture. It is comfortable in the false idea that everything is open to debate; that “if it works for you, great.” In other words, one thing is fine in one situation and something else is ok, in a different situation. When you boil this thinking down, then nothing is really permanent. This logically leads to the belief that “anything goes”.

Nothing could not be further from the truth!

God does not view things this way. His eyes are on those who are righteous. In other words, those who have their heart toward Him and who live according to His ways have His attention.

On the other hand, His face is against those who do evil, to cut off their memory from the earth. That is not a very pleasant prospect. If God’s face is against you, you will not prosper. God will make sure of that. You will be miserable. And, if you refuse to do anything about it, ultimately, you will be cut of from the earth. You will find your home in hell!

Not only is He watching the righteous, but He is open, listening to hear their cry—to hear them calling out. His “phone line” is open to them. They can call, anytime. They have His ear. And if they call, they are a priority.

How wonderful this is! It means that as we live to please God, we can be comforted with the knowledge that “we have his ear”. He cares about us and our prayers do connect with Him!

How do we become righteous? If we do lots of good deeds, does that make us good enough for God?

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us,…” Titus 3:5 No amount of good deed will ever make us good perfect. Only God’s mercy to us, through His Son, Jesus, makes us prepared for eternity with God.

If you would like a relationship with God, simply accept Christ’s payment for your sins, on the cross. You could pray a simple prayer like this: God, please forgive my sin. Thank You for sending Christ to die in my place. I receive the forgiveness that Jesus paid for, on the cross, In Jesus name, Amen.

If you just prayed and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for your sin, I’d love to hear from you and give you some encouraging information. Also, if you have a prayer need or a question about the Bible, please email. God bless you, my friend.

 

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