The statement, “Live before God” presented itself this week. This statement brings about a different perspective on life. Many people live from one day to the next, not giving much thought to God. If He does cross their minds, it could be through a mistake, wishing for something bigger than they can bring about on their own, or through the use of profanity. Otherwise, God may be thought of on Sunday. The rest of the time, He may be forgotten. The idea of living before God, though, puts God first and foremost in one’s daily life. This is where He belongs.
By considering God present in each day, a person may think twice before lashing out at another. Or, the use of profanity may be stopped. A person may reconsider before being rude or inconsiderate. What about road rage? Drivers may be more courteous knowing that God is right there, along for the ride. God is always present. He sees every move that is made, hears every word that is spoken, and knows the desires of the heart. He is present in every moment of every day.
Some may find this a frightening thought–knowing that God hears and sees everything. Put those fears to rest. God is not present to cause fear or harm. God watches over each of His believers. He cares for each and every one. God does not want His children to be afraid. 1 Peter: 3: 8-15 says, “Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called–that you might inherit a blessing. For ‘Those who desire life and desire to see good days, let them keep their tongues from evil and their lips form speaking deceit; let them turn away from evil and do good; let them seek peace and pursue it. 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.’ Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord,” (The Holy Bible containing The Old and New Testaments with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, New Revised Standard Version, 1989, New York, NY: American Bible Society).
Each day, live before God. Consider Him in all decisions. Consider Him in what is said and done. Follow the Ten Commandments. Love the Lord your God, and love one another. Sometimes God may seem distant. Generally, this is when He has been pushed away–possibly through sin or other wrong behaviors. It could be that He is just being quiet. He will not push Himself on you. But, if you ask for His presence, He will be known to you. If difficulties arise, ask for God’s help. He is there, and He is listening. Live before God. It can bring about a positive change in the way each day is perceived.