“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears turned to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against evildoers.” - 1 Peter 3:12, NAB
I have to admit sometimes I get perturbed and wonder if God is listening. Then I come across a verse like this, and it makes me wonder where I’m at in my life. The last thing I think about is being righteous. So what’s it mean? It means: Just; accordant to the divine law. Applied to persons, it denotes one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man. Applied to things, it denotes consonant to the divine will or to justice; as a righteous act. It is used chiefly in theology, and applied to God, to his testimonies and to his saints. So there you have it. Hmmmm…. This should really make our minds and our hearts wonder. Sometimes we forget the kind of relationship Jesus asked us to have with God. A father & child relationship is what he alluded to. Sometimes a father will ignore his son or daughter depending on how they are behaving. It doesn’t mean that he doesn’t love them; it just means that he doesn’t care for their behavior. Well God is like that too. When we’re living in a state of sin we may be ignored. That’s why we have Reconciliation. Note the verse doesn’t say we need to be perfect or the face of the Lord is against sinners. God’s face is against one who is truly evil, and on that one He will exact judgment. So when we’re living with a holy heart and practicing what Jesus taught us, then we are in tune with the Lord. He watches and listens to our prayers.
Until next time…keep your eyes on the Lord and keep praying …luv ya!
I love to read the Psalms, there’s something for everyone and just about every topic. This verse is absolutely beautiful. Those who love to read or listen to scripture, have much peace. Those who follow Jesus’ teaching have much peace too. For those who believe the truth there is nothing that will make us stumble. Isn’t that wonderful? These are not just words to read, but words to live by. The promise is the hope that comes with the Lord. Buried within its pages are not just the teachings of the prophets, but of God himself, and of his Son. Yes, and in those teachings we find not only peace, but comfort and joy as well. Alleluia! Unlike the teachings of false teachers and prophets; Jesus’ teachings are based on truth, living by them will not cause us to stumble and eventually fall. So, let us rejoice in the teachings of the Lord our God and in His Son, and in the Holy Spirit! Alleluia!
Until next time…peace be with you…luv ya! Deacon Phil
Jesus promised not to leave us alone, so he sent the Holy Spirit. It is the one that came down, and it is the one that has a love affair with our souls. It is here you know. You may not see, hear or even feel it, but trust me when I tell you...your soul can. There is so much going on in this crazy world, and it is easy to let it get to us, even at the expense of reaching down into our very souls. So hope has come in the form of the Holy Spirit, the promised Advocate. It is in God’s Spirit that we can find rest, and hope. Why would we want to entrust our souls to rest in anything else? Our souls are constantly running. It is running from “the ruler of this world”, and the “hound of heaven”. It needs to rest, and it needs peace and comfort. I don’t think it would be wise to let it rest in Satan, who ultimately only wants to destroy it. I’d rather take my chances with the Spirit. Why would one want to hope in anything else? It’s all about trust, you know. This whole psalm is all about trust. One can’t rest if one can’t feel safe, feel comfortable; and that’s exactly what the Holy Spirit wants to do. It wants to bring our souls to safety, comfort and hope. So let the “hound of heaven” catch you, I promise it won’t hurt.
Until next time…every LIVING thing needs rest, even a soul. …luv ya!