Southern Cancer Center’s “Bread Bite” series shares weekly words of encouragement and inspiration from local area churches. This week’s message is from Pastor Daniel Blaylock of Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile, Alabama.
Today’s YouVersion verse of the day comes from I Peter 3:12. “For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
The entire letter of I Peter is written to Christians who are suffering – not because they’ve done wrong, but because they’re living true to their faith in Christ. Have you ever heard the saying, “No good deed goes unpunished”? Though we might expect negative consequences when we’ve done wrong, we’re often caught totally off guard when we’ve done everything we know to do what is right, and we STILL find ourselves on the receiving end of suffering.
But Peter reminds his readers of one great encouraging truth to urge them to KEEP DOING THE RIGHT THING. God Himself HELPS those who do what is right, but if you choose to do wrong you’re acting all on your own. Is it sometimes hard to do the right thing? Absolutely! But when I act right, I never act alone! “The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous!” Plus, God promises to actively support us when we choose to do what is right – “and His ears are open to their prayers”.
I know it often seems like others do wrong and get by with it, but in the end, no one “gets by” with anything. I realized long ago that every moral choice I make is forming my heart, shaping me into one kind of person or the other. No matter what others do, at the end of the day I go home with one person – ME! I’ve got to live with myself, and I’ll have to do that forever! So let’s do what’s RIGHT! God will support us when we set our hearts to always do the right thing. Remember, you’ve got this, and He’s got you!