August 2, 2022
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous. He is never caught unaware of our struggles. We can always count on His presence to be with us.
"For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. 3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4 but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. 5 For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you 1 3:7 Some manuscripts since you are joint heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For
“Whoever desires to love life
and see good days,
let him keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from speaking deceit;
11 let him turn away from evil and do good;
let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered 2 3:18 Some manuscripts died once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which 3 3:19 Or the Spirit, in whom he went and proclaimed 4 3:19 Or preached to the spirits in prison, 20 because 5 3:20 Or when they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. 21 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Every time we read the news or scroll through social media, it is hard not to notice that our world is a very dark place. It seems that our culture is increasingly growing more hostile to the gospel and our Christian values. That hostility may hit close to home one day. Such was the environment many Christians found themselves in when Peter wrote his letter. In this letter, Peter offers hope to these believers and gives instructions on how to live in such a topsy-turvy world. The same can be said of us in our current times.
Peter opens his letter reminding us of the hope we have of eternal life with Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3-5), the importance of living a holy life (1 Peter 1:13-16), and the need to respect authority (1 Peter 2:13). When we get to chapter 3, Peter exhorts us to have unity of mind and sympathize with one another (1 Peter 3:8) and not to repay evil with evil (1 Peter 3:9). When we are insulted, we are not to retaliate but rather to bless. In other words, in a hostile world, be like Christ!
This may not be our natural reaction when we are insulted or persecuted, especially when we are insulted for our faith. Our first impulse may be to lash out, but Peter reminds us that if we seek peace we will obtain God's blessing—the blessing of knowing that His favor rests on those who are born again in Christ. As the Scripture says, "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer." (1 Peter 3:12)
This phrase "the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" speaks to God being all-powerful and sovereign over everything. He sees everything that is going on. We can rest in the promise that when insults do come, God has not forsaken us or abandoned us (2 Corinthians 4:9), and we are never separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). This should be a great comfort to all believers.
1. When you read the news or follow social media and you see the direction that our culture is going, does that make you angry or fearful? Do you ever wonder where God is in all this?
2. If you are attacked or insulted for your faith, how do you think you would respond? Would knowing that "the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous" change that?