Wednesday, December 13, 2017:
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Isaiah 11: 3-4
From time to time I have moments where I consider Christ’s character. When I’m watching television, or making a joke, or even hearing a joke I wonder, “Does He find this funny?” Is He laughing with me? Every so often, I feel that we are laughing together and I am reminded of how God sent Jesus to earth as a human. He experienced all the emotions and feelings that we go through and he was just as vulnerable as we are.
One task that God has given us is that through the evidence of His character and the life of Jesus, we not only draw closer through knowing Him better, we also strive to be like Him.
We all have those friends who love to gossip or maybe we are one of those friends. Think about some of the things you’ve “heard through the grapevine” or that you’ve sent through the grapevine. (Don’t worry, this won’t lead up to a huge “gotcha!” moment.) Imagine if everything God heard about us was through a grapevine or based on what he sees. I could not imagine the things that would reach His ears! The wonderful thing about God is that he will disregard all of the hearsay and look at your heart. If we follow his example by not judging based on how things look or what we have heard, we will not be deceived by some of the evils of this world. If we develop His character, we will become wiser in our judgements.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for not judging me by what you see or hear, but what’s in my heart. Please grant me wisdom to make good judgements. Allow the desires of my heart to coincide with your will. Thank you for sending Jesus to show me how to live. Amen.
Creative Call-to-Action: Find two Scriptures that describe Gods characteristics. For example, Matthew 7:11. Write down how adapting these characteristics can help you be more like Him. How can you put them into practice? —Jazmin Salaberrios