"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

April 10, 2016

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me.”

God says to the righteous, “I’ve got your back.” He’s not just merely observing, but is actively orchestrating every moment of their lives.

This coming Sunday, Erik Thoennes will be preaching a summary passage from 1 Peter 3, helping us to more clearly understand the kind of behavior that pleases our God.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.

And then to get even more specific, Peter draws from Psalm 34.

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

We are called to this. It is to become part of our DNA. And there is one big notable benefit.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

God is not only watching, he is watching out for us. That’s what he does.

There is a beautiful Old Testament story told in 2 Kings 6. The prophet Elisha has been a constant thorn in the side of the king of Aram, outsmarting him every time. And when it is discovered that the slippery Elisha is in Dothan:

the king sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.        2 KINGS 6:14-17



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