I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other. We all basically lived by the same rules. We kids felt free to wander our five or six block radius, but we knew if we did something bad our mothers would know about it before we got home for dinner. Neighbors’ eyes were watching! It offered a deep sense of security but also felt a bit stifling at times, especially as I grew older and more daring.
God’s Word provides guidelines by which we believers should live. The Holy Spirit reminds us of them, tapping on our souls when we are tempted to veer off the path. At times, He sets others in our lives to help keep us accountable.
God sees everything. We cannot hide anything from Him. In fact, He knows what’s on our minds before we decide whether or not to act. As David asked in another psalm, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7).
We can either find that close observation comforting or stifling. It depends on our attitude.
It helps me to remember that my vision is limited to the “right now” and by what I recall as the past, often colored by my emotions. Our Father in Heaven sees beyond time and space. He sees yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And He always acts in my best interest. Realizing that, I find security in His counsel as He keeps His eye on me.
How about you?
Holy Father, thank you for always being on the lookout for me. Continue to guide and counsel me. Fill me with your Word. Keep my mind, heart, and soul open to the promptings of your Holy Spirit as I journey down this path within the boundaries you have set. Amen.
Go Deeper — Write down some of the “rules” you believe Christians should follow. Discuss them with a mature believer to make sure they are biblically based, and then ask them to help keep you accountable.
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