Are You Despised By Your Family Members?
Despised is a reference to people thinking low of you. In this devotional, the low thinking is related to your praising and being focused on God's will for your life.
A key idea in this series of devotionals, "Praise God Anyhow," based on II Samuel 6:12-16, 20-23,is that "We should be mindful of praise, despisement, and determination."
In this devotional, let's focus on being looked down upon. Notice that even though David danced and gave, his wife thought low of him. She thought he was acting too common and unsophisticated for a king. She did not like his dancing, especially before the women.
Do not be surprised when people look down on your praising of God. You have to love your family. But they can look down on you for your praising and striving to obey God, as was the case with David.
Husbands have been known to think low of their wives because of all of the shouting that they do in church.Wives have been known to be jealous of the time and effort that husbands give to the Lord and His work.
Loved ones can look down on you for your commitment to living for the Lord and the joy that it produces in your life.
Are you being looked down upon by any of your loved ones because of your praising and striving to obey God?
What will you do to stay focused on God, in spite of these challenges?
God I praise You for being such a great and awesome God. You are the creator, sustainer, and hope of all creation.
Thank You for showering seen and unseen blessings into the lives of my loved ones and into my life. Thank You for being much better to us than we deserve.
I confess my many sins to You, including my taking Your awesome presence for granted. Please forgive me and help me to grow in this area.
Bless my loved ones and me to be what You are calling us to be. Help us stay focused even when we are looked down upon. Have Your way in our lives, because Your way is best for us. Thank You, in Jesus' name. Amen.
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