Focus Your Eyes On Christ - Monday's Dose - 19th June 2017

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite” - (Numbers 12:1).

Thoughts for Today

Have you ever worked as diligently as you know how, only to have somebody criticize you for something irrelevant to what you have accomplished? People who are critical often focus on unimportant things. They are motivated by envy and jealousy. Miriam and Aaron were jealous of their brother, Moses. They were envious of his godly anointing and the leadership role he had among God's chosen people. However, instead of expressing their true feelings, they criticized Moses for marrying a non-Israelite.

Personal criticism, even when justified, is painful. Unjust and irrelevant criticism hurts deeply, especially when it comes from someone you love and trust. The criticism Moses was getting from his siblings was unjustified. Moses had interceded for them to the Lord for their idolatry, immorality, and continual murmuring. Miriam and Aaron knew that Moses was not motivated by personal gain. Numbers 12:3 states, "Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth."

Often, people strike out at someone whom they perceive is more important, more successful, or more popular than they. Even Jesus suffered the pain of criticism and misunderstanding. The chief priests and elders questioned His authority over the things of God - (Luke 20:1-2).

Maybe you are experiencing unjust criticism. Are you quietly doing what the Lord has called you to do, but keep getting ridiculed from those who know you best? Don’t despair or give in.

The Lord knows. He will be your source of strength and determination. Allow Him to take care of criticism and the critics by keeping your eyes focused on Christ.

Prayer:Our Loving Heavenly Father, please forgive me for the times I have unjustly criticized those I have envied. Thank you for your grace, mercy and forgiveness. As I move forward in Your will to fulfill Your plans for my life, help me to stay focused on You and not the critics in my life. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen.".

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team