Interesting thought from I Samuel 17:28-29
"And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?"
This statement (above in red) seemed to jump out at me during my devotions this morning. David's eldest brother was sure he knew the thoughts and intents of David's heart when, in truth, he couldn't have been more wrong! He also spoke out on his suspicions against David's motives.
This seems to be a reminder from God that it is not our job to judge the thoughts or motives of others. If we are given a position of leadership over any group of people, we must be VERY careful to avoid correcting others over what "WE think" they meant to do. We must learn to listen, of course with God's wisdom and discernment. If we fail to use God's mind in situations of judgement we could permanently damage or wound the spirit, and possibly the future potential, of a young person. Being falsely accused or judged for your motives can badly wound the spirit and mar the attitude of a young person (or anyone for that matter!). Oh, how we need God's wisdom every moment of the day!
Thank you, God, for this convicting reminder you sent my way!
- ► 2010 (30)