february 27th - The Witness
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb 12:1-2 (NKJV)
Who is watching you? In this day and age of drones, online surveillance, high definition satellite images... Let's just say that a lot of folks are probably watching you. It's enough to make you paranoid unless your life is an open book. It has been said, "You are who you really are, when you are all alone." Away from prying eyes we allow ourselves to be completely stripped of all inhibitions and we throw away the mask. Maybe the better question to ask would be this: "Who are you?"
God knows who you are... Which is a sobering thought! He knows the latest count of hair on your head--knows what you have need of before you ask--and sees past the exterior of our skin and zooms right in to the place that matters; He sees your heart and knows your thoughts. God knows who you are when you are all alone. It is true that our lives are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, consisting of friends, family members, fellow workers, neighbors, and even Big Brother; however, only one witness really knows you.
The ONE who knows you also stated: "Come let us reason together...though your sins be a scarlet they shall be made white as snow!" Why not enlist the help of the One who
knows and loves you the most? Why not allow Him to be the strength that enables you to run faster, farther and with endurance? Why not allow Him to reveal the traps of the enemy, while further revealing and healing the things about you that may have remained hidden from your understanding. You need to grasp this truth, God knows and understands you better than you do.
He is able to help us—really help us. He is able to change us—really change us. He is able to fix us—really fix us. And when it is all said and done, He is able to save us. Putting God in charge is by far the brightest move we can make, because He loves us more than we love ourselves. Time to lay aside the weights that are unnecessary and allow God to be our strength.
Author's Note: Too often I live as if God isn't in the room. I would, no doubt, be more careful in my actions and with my words if I was more aware of His presence. I think that the idea of praying without ceasing starts with the awareness of His presence--that He is with us 24/7. We might be able to fool other people--maybe even deceive ourselves--but, God knows us down to every impulse and thought. RJD