Watch Out for the Cloud!

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?” 1 Peter 3.12-13

What is Peter really saying in these two verses? He shows us a contrast between “the righteous” and those that “do evil.” God only sees two classes of people down here on earth; He sees those who are righteous and those who are not.

There are special privileges for those who are righteous. “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous … ” God is aware of what we are doing all the time. We don’t have to wonder about that. The words here are clear. In addition to that, “his ears are open unto their prayers … ” I’ve heard some believers say, “God didn’t hear my prayer.” Hearing and answering are two separate things, and He may not answer in the way we expected. It is up to us to make certain that there is nothing between us and God that will hinder our fellowship. The story is recorded in a biography of C. H. Spurgeon that goes like this: “Spurgeon and a friend were cross a busy street in the downtown section of the city. About half way across the street, Spurgeon suddenly dropped to his knees and began to pray. His friend continued on to wait for him on the other side. After a short period of time, Spurgeon arise and finished crossing the street. His friend immediately asked him, ‘What in the world were you doing praying in the middle of that busy street?’ and Spurgeon’s answer was, ‘I felt a cloud come between my soul and my Savior, and I couldn’t take another step until I made things right with God’ ” Oh, that you and I would be that sensitive to the Spirit’s voice. Just y thoughts …

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