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Saturday, May 28, 2016

In Full View of God (Proverbs 5:21)

 "For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths."

To live one's life in the presence of God is to live Coram Deo (Latin for "before the face of God"). God sees and knows everything we do; further, He knows the motive behind all our actions. Nothing we do or think escapes the eye and knowledge of God. We live in full view of the Lord all the time.

This truth should both warm and warn our hearts.

It should warm our hearts that He knows us intimately, better than we know ourselves. He knows when we are hurt by others and when we struggle with and against temptation. He knows our need for love and acceptance. He knows our insecurities and our flaws. We can hide our 'stuff' from others but we cannot hide them from God. Knowing that He knows all about me and still loves me completely and thoroughly in Christ Jesus is mind boggling; it warms the heart.

It should warn our hearts that He knows us intimately, better than we know ourselves. He knows when we harbor resentment and unforgiveness toward others. He knows when we embellish our stories. or 'spin' the truth to make ourselves look good. He knows when we entertain lust or covetousness. He knows the things in my life that may not seem destructive now but will one day lead to destruction if allowed to continue in my life. Knowing that He knows my capacity to do wicked things warns my heart to flee to Him and turn away from even the appearance of evil.

Living in the awareness of His presence is both a pleasure and a preventive.

It is a pleasure because there is joy in his presence - "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11).

Because life is lived in full view of God. When one lives in the awareness of the "full view of the Lord" he or she will avoid doing certain things, thus the appropriated presence of God is preventive.

The writer of Proverbs teaches us that those who live in full view of God walk wisely.

Questions for today's Chronological Bible reading:
Proverbs 5:1-7:27
  • List the consequences for being involved with an adultrous woman.
  • What protection against adultery does the writer of Proverbs give?
  • What is the implication then for the wife?
  • How does Solomon use nature in his teaching wisdom?
  • What does committing adultery do to a man?
  • What characterizes a seductress?
  • What characterizes those who are drawn in by the seductress?
  • What characterizes those who guard themselves morally?
  • What three analogies does Solomon use to describe what happens to the man seduced by the adulteress?
Turning truth into prayer:
Ask the Holy Spirit to make you more conscious of His presence in your life--to help you live in full view of God.