During my devotions this morning I came across this verse – Proverbs 5:21 “For a man’s ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his paths.”
I had two immediate reactions to this – number one, “This is great, God is always looking after me!” How reassuring to think that my heavenly Father is so interested in me that He watches my every move. I was feeling pretty good!
Another, more powerful reaction, “Woe God sees all that I do and He knows why I do what I do”, followed that reaction. This response sent a shiver down my spine. I would love to say that all the reasons behind what I do are of a pure motive. But let’s be honest, deep down it is so easy to be selfish.
I had a dilemma! I was torn! Should I feel encouraged or should I feel terrified? It was at that very moment I was reminded of my savior, the one who took my place – Jesus. I was overcome by a different emotion, even stronger than the first two, appreciation. I am so thankful that Jesus restored my relationship with my heavenly Father. Jesus filled the gap between my knowing what I should do, and me doing what I should not do.
Now this does not give me a free pass to go out and live a life filled with selfish desires. On the contrary, this motivates me to live a life that is more pleasing to my Father. After all, I owe it to the one who loved me so much that He gave His life for me. Jesus saved me from myself. He is my savior.
Who is He to you?