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. 1 Peter 3:12
Everyone likes to be seen and heard by other people. This is especially true of being seen and heard by those in authority.
No one likes to be ignored or brushed aside. To keep this from occurring, people will do nearly anything they can to be heard. Instead of doing the right thing, often, some people will cause trouble and do harm in order to be heard.
After talking about having to suffer, Peter points out where God’s eyes and ears are. He sees and hears those who are doing what is right, but is set against those who do evil.
On a regular basis people are confronted with the conflict of whether to do the right thing and suffer or to do what is wrong and appear to get away with no suffering. Choosing to do what is right will often go against the common thought of the day and will cause suffering.
Very few people like to suffer, so they will often choose to do wrong to avoid any unnecessary suffering. Believers are often found to compromise their stand for God, to avoid suffering and ridicule.
The believer who has chosen to do wrong will often wonder why God does not answer their prayers. Instead of choosing to repent and do correct, they live with their choice and justify it, making God turn against them and refuse to hear their cries. Many will have to learn to live with their bad choices, because of their refusal to do what was right the first time.
Just as Jesus chose to do right, even when it cost Him His life, so should the believer always choose to do the right thing before God and man.
If you are feeling as though God is ignoring your prayers and is against you, check yourself for about whether you are doing what is right or wrong.
Get yourself into God’s word and be led by His Holy Spirit to guide you in making the right choices every time. Do what God wants you to do, so that He will be able to see and hear your prayers.
God wants to be for you, not against you, but you must also be for Him and not against Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to do what God wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do what is right; that God will sustain you in times of suffering; and that God will see and hear your prayers.
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2
Having a craving for something specific is very common among most people. A person has an extreme desire to eat or drink something.
What they desire may be something good or bad for them, but either way it is a strong ‘need’ to have it and have it as quickly as possible. Some will have a craving for things that are bad for a person–nicotine, alcohol, drugs, caffeine. While others may crave not so bad things such as pickles, fruits, chocolate, or some other snack or food.
Peter tells the people to be like a newborn baby that craves milk. They are to crave pure spiritual milk to help them grow spiritually in their salvation.
Along with craving foods, many people crave other things, such as video gaming, movies, pornography, gossip, sports and much more. While some of these are not necessarily bad in themselves, in excess they become an idol. Some are sinful right from the beginning.
Believers in the church will often have cravings, just as the world does. Along with all the same cravings, they may also crave position in ministry, titles, recognition, and more. While not necessarily bad, these things can pull them away from what God really has for them.
Those who are truly seeking to be more like Jesus will also have a craving, however, that craving will be to be more like Jesus. They will crave having more of God’s word and His Holy Spirit in their lives.
Every believer is to desire to be more like Jesus. In order to be like Jesus, each person must desire the spiritual milk and food that God provides. Just as Jesus found sustenance in God’s word, so must a believer crave God’s word in his life.
Examine what things you crave in your life. Are any of these things taking the place of God and His word in your life? Then get rid of those things.
Feed yourself with God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Do not seek the temporary, empty things of this world that will fail you in the end, but seek the eternal things of God that will completely satisfy your soul.
Allow God to build you up in your salvation to be more like Jesus each day, until the day of His appearing.
What are you craving?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will crave the things of God above all else; that you fill yourself with God’s word; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; and that you will find satisfaction in what God has for you.