I worked almost five months on my weight loss before anyone noticed. It was disappointing and tested my faith. One day my ever-observant-six-year- old-daughter brought my eyes back to the Lord. Children have a way of doing that; don’t they?
“God sees everything; doesn’t He mommy?” Yes, He sure does.
God spoke truth to me through my daughter. If we listen, even through unrelated discussions, we can hear Him.
”A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save,”
God knows. Don’t lose hope if you aren’t seeing results and neither is anyone else. God sees it. He sees the ways you choose to obey. He sees the way you open your Bible in the morning and pray. He sees you choose to abstain from one candy bar, one ice cream, one second helping. He sees.
“But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,”
At the end of the day, I have a habit of recalling the day’s events before I can close my eyes and find rest. Over the years, I have listed failure after failure in my head. Relived them in shame. At the end of my list, I either pray or I submit to the failure. Sad nights. I don’t do that anymore.
I still run through my day, but I pray first and after. I pray that God will bring to the front of my mind all the ways I have pleased Him during the day. I pray that if I have any sin that I seek forgiveness and accept that forgiveness.
“to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine,”
Then, I run through my list.
I pray again.
I ask for forgiveness.
I accept it.
This has helped me tremendously in my weight loss journey. Yes, God sees disobedience. No escaping that. Most importantly, He sees how I have pleased Him. Praise Jesus that there is no escaping that either. Point is, God knows.
“We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name,”
Place your sense of value and accomplishment in the Lord. Let Him offer you praise by His standards of obedience. Focus on Him, not the deliverance of this world. It is like putting all your faith in a horse to deliver you, rather than on the maker Himself. Hold close His words of affirmation and acceptance, not the condemnation of this world. Your journey will stay the course.
“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you,” (Psalm 33: 17-22).
Don’t loose hope, friend. God sees.