1 John 3:21-22

1 John 3:21-22

We have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

   What is pleasing in the sight of God? I think that first and foremost it is that we rise each day with a hunger to seek Him. It must be that we are driven by a need to be in His presence. Jude says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God. I believe that it pleases God when we are more concerned with staying in His love than with any other thing. I have a friend who had a moment with the Lord in which the Lord impressed upon him that He, God was looking through my friends eyes. What a revelation it was for me to hear this. So often I think I need to be looking at everything through the eyes of the Lord and this is true. I need to see others the way the Lord sees them. But the idea that the Lord is looking through my eyes sheds entirely new light on David’s statement in Psalm 119:37, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.”  When I live in the reality that everywhere I focus my eyes, everything that captures my attention the Lord is looking at as well it should give me great caution. We have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. Is what I am looking at pleasing to the Lord or is it offensive to Him? What is the negative of this? Well it is simply a reversal, we can’t have confidence toward God and we don’t receive what we ask from Him because we don’t keep His commandments and we don’t do those things that are pleasing in His sight. Honest self-examination is needed here. I myself have to confess that this is too often my condition. It is not so much gross sin or rebellion or disobedience but the gradual eroding of my relationship with God brought about by the small seemingly inconsequential things. We so often like to think that God’s love and blessing is unconditional and automatic for the believer. Well his love is but His blessing is not. Look again as we have in the past at Jeremiah 29:11-14; For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity. God has thoughts toward us to give us peace and a future and a hope but as we read through the passage it seems clear that there is a condition and that condition is that in order for Him to bring us back from our captivity we must pray and search for Him with all of our hearts. While is His desire to give us peace we must seek Him before all else in order to be set free. He says, “When you search for me with all your heart.” That my friends is a first and foremost kind of searching.

“Lord I want to do the things that are pleasing in Your sight and I want to live in the idea that Your line of sight includes whatever I am looking at. I agree with David, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.” I do not want the small and seemingly inconsequential things to erode the relationship You desire to have with me. I will, today, build myself up on my most holy faith, I will pray in the Holy Spirit, I will keep myself in Your sweet love. Amen.

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