Acceptable May Not Be Accepted

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord , my rock and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 ESV

Remember this today: acceptable may not always be accepted.  Doing what is right does not guarantee love and acceptance from those around us. What is good in God’s eyes does not necessarily equate to good in the sight of man. Oftentimes it means the opposite. Look at Jesus. He walked this earth in perfect submission to His Father. Both the words of His mouth and the meditations of His heart were acceptable to God. Yet He was despised. He was rejected. He was crucified.

Jesus did what was right and died for it.

And so could we.

I know this may not sound encouraging at first, but it is. For we must remember that we do not serve man. Nor should our aim be to please man. The thoughts we think, the words we say, and the things we do should be for one purpose: to glorify God. Doing so may not make man happy; and in some cases this will make man downright livid. (Afterall, the wisdom of God often appears foolish to man.) But even the angriest man alive does not have the power to affect our eternal destiny.

Did you get that? Even the angriest man alive does not have the power to send you to hell. People may hate you, hurt you, torment you, ridicule you. They could even go as far as to take your life. Yet no one–no one–could ever steal your soul. If God has your heart, then your future is secure. Or as Paul–a man of God greatly persecuted–declared, “If God is for us, who can be against us? No one!” (Romans 8:31)

Therefore today, be not afraid of what man may think about​ you. Be not afraid of what man could do to you. Be not discouraged if the good things you say and do are met with rage and rejection. Be not dismayed when the circumstances of your life do not coincide with the meditations of your heart. Bad things do happen to good people.

Yet regardless of what your eyes may see and your ears may hear right now–regardless of whether or not you understand the reasons behind your current situation–determine to set your sights on God. Do all that you do for His glory and for His praise.  Let the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable in His sight. For He–He alone–is your Rock and your Redeemer. He alone is with you wherever you go.

 

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