January 13 Matters of Faith

Scripture Reading: Exodus 5

Key Verse: Isaiah 55:9

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

You did something kind for a neighbor, and your gesture was considered to be self-serving. You put in extra hours on a project at work helping a coworker in a bind, and others said you were just trying to look good to your boss. It hurts when people misunderstand your intentions. Not only is the good effect lost in the process, but you end up with blame you don’t deserve.

Think about how Moses felt. He was God’s special messenger on a divinely appointed mission of mercy, and the people accused him of trying to make their lives more miserable. They were absolutely wrong, as they would later discover, but in the meantime submissive Moses caught the brunt of their grumbling.

Such misinterpretations often happen in matters of faith. Why? God’s ways do not always make sense in a sinful world. His methods sometimes turn human reasoning on its head or go against popular opinion. And sometimes the benefits or rewards of obedience are delayed or delivered in a way that nonbelievers cannot recognize.

If others mock you for doing what the Lord says instead of walking in the world’s path, you can stand firm. The true and ultimate victory belongs to Him.

Dear heavenly Father, even though Your ways don’t always make sense to my human reasoning, I know the ultimate victory belongs to You. Let me stand firm in this knowledge and walk Your way instead of the pathways of this sinful world.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 14). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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