The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them. Psalm 11:4
There are times that things need to be examined. Someone needs to look at something closely to determine some information about it. Doctors examine their patients to find out what is wrong with them. Police examine vehicles going down the road to determine if any laws are being broken. Lawyers and judges examine evidence to determine who is guilty. Bosses examine the work of their employees to determine how well the work is getting done.
Examinations can be cause a person to be nervous, because most people do not like to be seen so closely. They are afraid that faults may be found or they may be guilty of something.
David points out that even though God is in heaven He is watching everyone closely. God is examining, not just a few people, but everyone on the earth.
The majority of people in the world live their lives as though God is either not there or is not paying attention to them. Since they cannot see God directly, they think God cannot see or is not watching them. It is like a little child that puts his hands over his eyes, and says that no one can see him–he is hiding.
Some believers also live as the world does. They choose to do things that God is against, thinking that no one sees them.
Yet, God is doing an examination, He is watching everyone closely. God not only sees what is being done, but He also sees into the heart and sees the motives of why things are being done. Doing the right thing for the wrong reason is still wrong. A positive times a negative is always a negative.
Knowing that God is examining you can cause two feelings. One is anxiety, because you realize He knows when you are doing something wrong. The other is peace, because you know He is watching over you and knows your situation.
You allow a doctor to examine you at the doctor’s office, so then freely allow God to examine your life. God will do better than any doctor. He can point out areas you need to grow in or show you areas you have grown in already. Since God knows you so well, He can help you be more like Jesus everyday.
I pray today that you will know God is watching you; that you will find peace in God’s watching you; that you will allow God to show you areas to grow in and change; and that you will know God’s great love for you.
Chad Daugherty is a friend of mine who is a missionary to Estonia. God laid this poem on his heart. It blessed me. He gave me permission to share it with you. May you also be blessed by it.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. Psalm 3:3
No matter where a person goes there can be some enemies. With all of the various mass shootings lately, there are many people going around in extreme fear, not knowing if they will be the next to be killed. Students are afraid to go to school, because some other student may choose to do some killing that day.
Then there are also the enemies who don’t necessarily do physical harm, those who do verbal damage. The majority of danger people face is with words that are lies or hurtful.
The world is trying to figure out what is wrong and how to fix the situation. People are always walking around in fear of the unknown enemy.
David was running in fear, when his son Absalom was trying to physically kill him and take the throne as king of Israel. David felt as if everyone was against him and there were enemies everywhere. Suddenly David realized, however, that God was his shield and who lifted him up. It was God who made him king, so it would be God who could protect him.
Every believer has enemies, just as David did. Some will physically be trying to attack and kill, while the majority will just verbally attack the person. The effect is the same.
Looking around it appears as if the enemy, the world, is winning the battle. They appear to be the stronger enemy. Yet, God is still in control.
God is the shield for every believer. No one can do anything without His permission. Remember with Job, Satan had to get permission to attack him. God shielded Job and will shield the believer today.
This does not mean that attacks and injuries will not happen, but it does mean that the believer will not be destroyed.
You may be going through some attacks right now, physically or verbally. Look to God for your strength and protection. He is your shield, just as He was with David.
God will lift you up and make you shine in this dark world. Do not let the enemies attacks cause you to fear, because God will lift up your head and allow you to walk as His child, an heir to the kingdom of heaven. God will deliver you from the enemy–Satan–in the end.
Trust God to be your shield today.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God’s protection; that God will remove fear of the enemy in your heart and mind; and that God will lift your head in the sight of your enemies.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. Job 37:5
Curiosity into things is something that man has always had. He wants to understand how things work or why they work the way that they do. For many people they are fascinated by how things work and they begin to question it.
It is out of desire to understand the mysteries of life that many of the discoveries have been made. Some are very simple, such as how something might taste, while other things are extremely complex, such as the breakdown of molecules and how they work in a body.
While millions of things have been discovered, there are also many things that remain a mystery. Some of the things that have been discovered, have also been changed over the years with greater discovery of that item.
Elihu points out that God does things that is beyond understanding. What God was doing in Job’s life was even beyond his understanding. God was doing a great thing, though no one could see it, or understand what He was doing at the time it was occurring.
It is easy to see how great God is when one thinks about the complexities of this life and earth. How does God sustain everything on this earth, down to the smallest particles of life and matter? No one can fully understand this.
Then it gets even more complex with how God works in the life of a person. God allows things in his life to mold and shape the person into one like Jesus. God uses both good and bad things to change a person into the person he is meant to be. This is beyond the understanding of people, yet it is marvelous what God is doing.
As you put your trust in God, trust what He is doing and allowing in your life. Do not fight God, but turn to Him and hold on to Him. Know that what He is doing and allowing is what is best for your life.
The allowance of struggle and destruction in the life of Job ends with blessings beyond measure. God may use things that do not make sense to you in order to make you like Jesus. As He does this, remember that His ways of doing things is beyond anything you can think or imagine, yet it is the best way.
If He can build and sustain this universe, He can build and sustain you.
I pray today that you will see God’s hand in your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you God will reveal His work in your life; and that you will not fear God’s work in your life.
It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. Job 34:12
Watching some people, it sometimes appears as if they can never do anything wrong. They live such a good life, that they almost appear perfect. Yet, if one examines their life closer, there will be faults found in them.
There are also some people that many people feel as if the person cannot do anything wrong. People often put a politician on a pedestal and believe that no matter what he does, he cannot do anything wrong. Again, if a person really looks closely at the person, faults will be found.
Job had been feeling as though God may be doing something wrong in judging him. Elihu points out that it is completely unthinkable that God would do something wrong, or that He would pervert justice.
Over time there have been many people who have turned against God because they thought He did something wrong. They had a loved one who God allowed to die from a sickness, rather than heal that person. God allows a person to lose his job. Things in his life do not go correctly and they blame God for it.
It is easy for a person to blame God for things when they go wrong. However, one needs to determine what is considered ‘something going wrong’. When a sickness overtakes a person, most people think that is wrong, but God may have it there for a greater, eternal purpose. Losing a job may feel as a bad wrong, but it may be done in order to move him to somewhere better or to get him out of what will become a bad situation.
God ways of doing things is strange to man’s thinking, but it is always correct and always the best action.
When things go ‘bad’ in your life, don’t just blame God and get angry with Him. Ask Him to reveal His purpose for those bad times. Ask Him how you can grow closer to Him through those bad times. Ask Him how you can be His witness in those bad times.
God will not and cannot ever do anything wrong. His love for you is so great that He will only do what is best for you. Trust Him, don’t blame Him. Despite the problems in this life, there is coming a day when it will be worth it all for eternity.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will trust God’s choices for your life; that you will know God never does things wrong; and that you will have a life of perfection for eternity in heaven with God some day.