Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Watching for the Good

“The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.” –Proverbs 15:3

If I pay attention, I will catch Lexi doing the right thing. I have to watch for it. Her bad behaviors—lunging, growling, insane barking—are so embarrassingly apparent. Her good behavior can be less obvious. Maybe she looks to me instead of growling at a passerby. Maybe she stares at a passing truck but doesn’t lunge. She’s not just not doing the wrong thing. She’s doing what we taught her to do (look away, look to me, or stand still). I try to recognize her good choices so I can praise her and reward her. But it can be subtle. If I’m not watching out for good behaviors—a turn of the head, a flick of the eyes—I’ll miss it. It’s so much more conspicuous when she’s doing wrong! Maybe we worry God only notices us when we’re doing wrong. Proverbs 15:3 can feel like a threat: God’s on the lookout for our sins! In fact, I believe God is watching for everything we do right. He knows when we could have gotten angry but held our tongue. He knows when we felt tempted but didn’t give in. He pays attention so he can catch us doing good. He recognizes when we’re doing what we were taught, even if it’s subtle. We shouldn’t be fearful of God’s eyes everywhere; we trust that he sees us doing our best.

Dear God, Thank you for watching out for the right things I’m trying to do. Amen

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