Daily Devotional: Psalms 78:40-47
40 How often they rebelled against him in the desert and grieved him in the wasteland! 41 Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy one of Israel. 42 They did not remember his power--the day he redeemed them from the oppressor, 43 the day he displayed his miraculous signs in Egypt, his wonders in the region of Zoan. 44 He turned their rivers to blood; they could not drink from their streams. 45 He sent swarms of flies that devoured them, and frogs that devastated them. 46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust. 47 He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live according to the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the fleshly mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. 8 Those controlled by the flesh cannot please God.
Do we trust God? I mean, do we really trust God? Do we have problems doing what God says we must do or not doing the things he tells us not to do? Do we obey when we cannot understand why or when it just doesn’t make sense for us to do so? When was the last time we found ourselves worried about something? Do we really give thanks for ALL things? When we pray, can we wait on the Lord to respond or do we get ahead of him and do our own will instead?
Judging others is so easy because it ignores our own faults and weaknesses and looks only at others and their problems. This is often seen in our perception of the Jews as they began their transition from slavery to becoming the children of God. It is true that they lacked in faith. It is true that they rebelled against God and failed to obey him. But have we not done the same things in our lives? Instead of judging others, we need to focus inward and allow God to work in us, mold us and make us more like him. He has given us his Spirit; are we bearing his fruit?
Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for all you have done for me and continue to do for me every day. I have failed to trust you as I should and I know I need your help to become all you want me to be. Lord, help me be honest in the assessment of my heart and my own life, but at the same time don’t let me forget that as your child I am continually being forgiven by the blood of Jesus. Give me your joy and peace that the world cannot understand. Increase my faith so that I will trust you in all things. Help our nation, as well as others, to honor you and to be able to have peace, even in disagreement. Give our leaders wisdom to govern and give the press wisdom in their reporting. I pray in the name of Jesus my King.