DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL
Friday, 7 October 2016
TOPIC: IGNORE AND CONTINUE
Bible Text: Psalm 94:1-11
Key Verse: “The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity” (Psalm 94:11).
A judge was constantly annoyed by the sneering remarks of an abusive attorney. Instead of cracking down on the lawyer and silencing him, he would only smile and chew his pencil until people wondered at his patience. One day at a dinner someone asked him, “Judge, why didn’t you slap down that lawyer?” The judge laid down his knife and fork and resting his chin on his hands said, “Up in our town, there lives a widow who has a dog which whenever the moon shines, goes out and barks all night at the moon.
But the moon just keeps shining on!” In our text, the psalmist had a lot of questions and brought them before God in prayer: how long will the wicked and the proud be allowed to gloat in their evil? How long will they be allowed to maintain their arrogance? How long will evil people continue to boast? He goes on to describe their evil actions. They are crushing God’s people. They hurt the righteous. Some evil doers even kill widows and orphans. Though painful, suffering should be used as God’s training tool. God knows the thoughts and actions of all. Everyone will be repaid.
No one gets away with anything. The wicked will be judged and the righteous will be vindicated. With this understanding, just ignore the wicked and keep shinning the light knowing that your moon cannot be dimmed by a barking dog. Do not repay evil for evil. We are not to fight fire with fire, but rather with cool water. We leave all vengeance to God and try to over- come evil by doing good to our enemy or opponent.
Thought for the day: Your moon cannot be dimmed by a barking dog.
Bible Reading in one Year: Isaiah 5-8