Christian Devotional – April 24, 2018

Guess what, you can’t please everyone. Even if you were to do everything absolutely right, there would still be people who are unhappy with you. So what do we do about it? Well, David writes about that in Psalm 54.

For strangers have risen against me And violent men have sought my life; They have not set God before them. Selah.
Psalms 54:3 NASB

If we are following God and placing him first in all that we do, we will have people that we have offended. David gives the reason because they have not set God before them. I had a mentor who put it this way:

“Please God, and those who please God will be pleased with you. You can’t do much with the rest.”

Now, I would add that we can pray for them, but really and truly, that is the extent of our influence on those people. We have a responsibility to please God. We love him and he has commanded us, so out of love we seek to obey him. If we are pleasing God, then as God is working and moving in the lives of others, they will also be pleased. But ultimately it is God that it the only one we should be trying to please. We don’t need to worry ourselves about anyone else but him.

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