Updated: Jan 3
The Lord sees you no matter how hard you try to hide!
(1 Peter 3:12 ESV) “7) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
The all-seeing eyes of the Lord are on the righteous! If you are not familiar with the word omniscient, you should look it up. It means all-knowing, all-wisdom, all-seeing. This is just one of the infinite attributes that the Lord has, an attribute that tells us that we cannot hide from Him. When we look at this verse in detail, it lets us know that the Lord keeps His eye on the righteous. In the Bible, the Lord is always looking out for the righteous. In (Pslams 37:39 ESV) '39 The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.' Looking at that verse lets us know the Lord is the salvation of the righteous. The key to both of these scriptures is defining what the word righteous means when referring to mankind.
The word righteous means: behavior or action that is morally right and justifiable. Once you understand what the word righteous means, you will understand why Jesus requires this from His followers. Jesus doesn't want you to follow any moral standard; He wants you to follow His moral standard, which is outlined in the Bible. His standard for us as Christians is that every thought, word, and action be lined up with His Word.
The first step to becoming righteous with God is to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are not able to be righteous before God on our own. It is the blood of Jesus (His sacrifice on the cross) that makes us righteous before God. Once you give your life to Christ, it is now important how you live your Christian life. So, when Peter is telling us in the New Testament, 'the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous.' This means the Lord is watching those people who are actual followers of Christ, and He is attentive (paying close attention) to their prayers.
Note: We have to remember a lot of people say that they are Christian but never really follow Jesus. If you are not doing what Jesus told you to do in His Word - you are not His follower, PERIOD! (Luke 6:46 ESV) '46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?"
When I really started to understand this scripture. I knew how to get a response to my prayers. This scripture doesn't mean God is going to answer your prayers the way you want them answered, but you will know for sure that He heard them. One thing I know about our Heavenly Father is that He will not leave you hanging. He is looking to support the ones who love Him and honor him.
Challenge yourself to pray and read God's Word on a daily basis. As you start to understand it, start acting out on what it says. Then you will truly see the blessing of the Word of God in your life.
Ask your Heavenly Father to help you to understand His Word and give you the wisdom and understanding needed to act upon it.
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