Thursday, November 28, 2019

Daily Devotion: Criticism

Bible Reading: Jeremiah 11:18-23

Key Verse: Verse 19 - "But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

Key Words: that his name may be no more remembered

The religious (but lost) Jews did not care for Jeremiah. They criticized him continually and in Chapter 11, their criticism was so great that Jeremiah felt like a lamb about to be brought to the slaughter (verse 19). It’s not until the end though that Jeremiah was victorious and his critics, well let’s just say, they were defeated. In the end Jeremiah never pleased his critics nor did he desire to. Neither will you please your critics, nor in most cases, should you desire to.

When Robert Fulton first introduced his new invention the steamboat, plenty of critics crowded on the river bank. These critics yelled, “It’ll never start. It’ll never start.” Fulton proved them wrong. After a lot of clanking and groaning, it started moving down the river. The critics were momentarily quiet. Then they rallied and hollered, “It’ll never stop, it’ll never stop!” Never strive to please the critics, because you never will.

What to do:
✞ Time used trying to please your critics is called wasted time.

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