Please read Proverbs 23-24 before reading today’s devotional.
It is easy to sometimes to look at the people around you and wonder, “God, do you see what this person is doing, do you see how they are acting?”. It is easy to pass judgment and wonder how they can do the things they do and “get away with it”, with seemingly no consequences for their actions or words.
“Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord. You will be rewarded for this; your hope will not be disappointed.”
Here is the thing, it’s not up to me or you to judge anyone else-that is God’s job. He is the only one who has any business doing that. You see, I don’t know someone else’s heart, and neither do you-but God knows all and sees all. So, I guess what I am saying is it’s time to quit trying to play God in these situations and really just stick to keeping ourselves straightened out, because if we are honest that’s a full time job in itself. Proverbs also warns us not to be jealous of these people who are doing what they want and not living their lives for Him. Instead cheating, lying, being drunk, being promiscuous, and the list goes on. If we spend as much time working on ourselves and improving our relationship with God and with our families and friends, we wouldn’t have time to be so worried about what everyone else is doing. Instead of judging people for what their weaknesses are, maybe it’s time to be the friend to them that they need to help them through what they are struggling with.
“…For God understands all hearts, and he sees you…He will repay all people as their actions deserve.”
Life is not always about having the upper hand and being the one who has everything. It’s not about what you can “get away with” and still serve God. It’s really and truly about doing ALL you can to serve Him and serve others and point others towards Him through how you live your life. We can all do a better job at that! Let’s spend our days loving Him, and loving others and living our lives pleasing to Him.
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