Faithful Even When No One is Watching

Psalm 19
The heavens are telling the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands…
4  Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5  Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6  Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Have you ever considered the faithfulness of the sun?  Day after day the sun does his work with little thanks from anyone!  We mostly take it for granted.  Were the sun to cease its work, we would all die in a few seconds.  How much we owe to the sun and how little we even think of it.  But the Bible says that the sun reflects the very glory of God.  It tells us something about God.

Much like the sun, God is the source of all life and yet we rarely ever acknowledge Him.  Some people never acknowledge Him.  This shouldn’t be. 

I don’t mention these things to bum anyone out.  But rather to bring to our attention that when we serve God faithfully, like the sun does, with little or no thanks or recognition, and we do this over the long haul, we actually bring much glory to God.  Our lives tell of His glory.

This morning I read something in My Utmost for His Highest that reminded me of this great truth.  I have copied it below for your pleasure.  If this speaks to you, I would highly recommend you follow the link above to find the online version of the  daily devotionals of Oswald Chambers!


“. . . in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses.” 2 Corinthians 6:4

It takes Almighty grace to take the next step when there is no vision and no spectator – the next step in devotion, the next step in your study, in your reading, in your kitchen; the next step in your duty, when there is no vision from God, no enthusiasm and no spectator. It takes far more of the grace of God, far more conscious drawing upon God to take that step, than it does to preach the Gospel.

Every Christian has to partake of what was the essence of the Incarnation, he must bring the thing down into flesh and blood actualities and work it out through the finger tips. We lose our energy when there is no vision, no uplift, but just the common round, the trivial task. The thing that tells in the long run for God and for men is the steady persevering work in the unseen, and the only way to keep the life uncrushed is to live looking to God. Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to damp you. Continually get away from pettiness and paltriness of mind and thought out into the thirteenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel (i.e. Jesus washing the disciples’ feet).

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