I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Friday, June 15, 2007

Deep Thought Thursday: Both The Evil and the Good

Pro 15:3 "The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good."

How wonderful it is that the author here wrote both "the evil and the good". If God only saw the evil, where would the balance of mercy and justice come into play? What kind of god only sees evil? On the other hand, how could God dole out justice if He only saw the good? I think we would be dealing with a very imbalanced God indeed. I love that this verse shows the wholeness of God.

Someone once told me a quote from an author who was making the argument that everything we do for God is really for selfish reasons. For example- do we want a better prayer life because we really want to know and please God, or is it just because we will be better protected and under His will?

While I understand that argument, and while I know man is full of sin and totally lost without the mercy of God and the blood of Jesus Christ, this verse tells me that God sees things we do, and sometimes it's good. So, that being said, just because God offers the benefits of His protection and mercy by being in His will doesn't mean that's the ONLY reason we do it.

When we become the children of the King, and spend time with Him, He puts His desires in our hearts. So then we will WANT to do good things. This verse proves that God sees the things we do, and calls some of them good. If He doesn't see our every act as selfish, then neither should we. Over-analyzing everything can cause some serious doubts, spiritually speaking.

Ever notice how people with a negative mindset often think evil of those who do good, because they are expecting evil? They challenge everything another person does, maybe because they themselves have the wrong motivation. Or because they have been wronged in the past. God has no preconceived notions, or bad experiences when He sees us. He knows our faults, loves us anyway, and gives us blessings and reproof like a good Father should.

However, we must make sure we have the right motivation when we do good works. God will reward us with the fruit of our actions, whether they are evil or good. We cannot understand His ways. This issue may never be solved, but I would love to know your thoughts! Leave me a comment on what you think of it all.

Psalm 115:1 "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."

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