21 For your ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all your paths.

What comes up for you when you read these words? Is this a scary thought or a comforting thought? Does it make you angry or make you feel loved? Before God, I cannot hide. I can’t put on my mask and pretend I’m someone other than I am. I can’t talk my way out of things. I can’t buy my way out of things. Before God I am who I am.

That’s a scary thought when I focus on all the things that I have done wrong this past year. If I pile all those mistakes up it looks pretty ugly. I don’t want to admit all the times that I have fallen short and missed the mark, all the sins I have committed. But notice the use of “I” in those comments. I’m the one that builds that pile. That’s just what the enemy wants me to do. He tries his best to get me to focus on that pile of what I’ve done and forget who I am.

God doesn’t build up that pile of mistakes that I have made. God doesn’t look at me and see the filth of my sin. God has taken that all away. He sees me for who I am, not for what I’ve done. God looks at me as if I’ve never sinned because He sees His Son when He sees me. What a comforting thought. What a loving Father we have.

So, who are you? Are you what you’ve done or are you a child of God?

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