Out of Sight, Out of Mind
By Bob Noebel
-- We are very busy people. Whether at work or at play,
our minds are moving even faster than our bodies. Most of us like
to stay busy, but there is so much to do and not enough time to
do it. Time management can help us prioritize, but somehow we
still go to sleep wishing we had the time or energy to do a few
more things on our “to do” list.
"Out of sight, out of mind" nudges us to take care
of those things that are right in front of us at the expense of
leaving those things that are not as obvious to do at a later
date. For a man, that usually means taking care of the outside
of the house first, what other’s can see, and not worrying
so much about the inside, which few people can see.
Spiritually we do the same thing. We go to church and help with
various functions because that’s what others see. What about
the inside? Are we spending time in the Word and praying to be
closer to the One we go to church to worship? Are we trying to
be more like Jesus -- who should be at the heart of every church
function -- whether we evangelize or build up the body of Christ?
The Pharisees were more concerned about their outward appearance
to man than they were about their personal relationship to God.
Jesus denounced their attempts to make themselves look good in
giving, prayer, and fasting. He told His disciples to pray, give,
and fast in secret, and then the Father would reward them openly.
Being seen and praised by others cannot hold a candle to what
God has in store for those who serve and love Him with sincere
We are never out of God’s sight or off His mind. Psalm
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on
those whose hope is in His unfailing love.
II Chronicles 16:9 says,
For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to
strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
Job 36:7 says,
He does not take His eyes off the righteous. He enthrones
them with kings and exalts them forever.
Thank you, Lord, that even though I get temporarily distracted
by the hectic pace of this life, You are never too busy for me.
And He’s never too busy for you.
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