Devo 8 July 2019
“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.””
1 Peter 3:12 NLT
Yes, God is watching, but this means He is listening for us. He desires nothing more than contact with us. He is always with us, as David reminds us; “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.” Psalms 16:8 NLT. God hates evil, it is contrary to Him, for God is love. God IS love. GOD IS LOVE. God is the perfect personification of love, real and true. So to say that God hates evil is to say that love hates evil. Love is the opposite to evil. “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT. As such evil is not patient and kind, evil is jealous and boastful, rude and proud. Evil demands its own way. Evil is irritable, and keeps a record of wrongs. Evil rejoices in injustice and in hiding truth. Evil wants us to give up and lose faith and lose hope. God is ‘so’ the opposite. God is the quintessential opposite of evil and God is love. God wants to restore us and wants us to recognise His goodness. Let us turn our faces from evil and look to God always!