Daily Devotional

Proverbs 16:2

All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the LORD weighs the motives.

I wonder if God grades on a curve.

I wonder if the Lord is more interested in our efforts than he is in seeing our monthly results.

Yes, I wonder…

Human beings are drowning in numbers and stats and quarterly results. The same goes for Christians and pastors and church staff, who also tend to be human. Mostly.

Do yourself a favor and don’t get too focused on the details or the perceived outcome. Remember that for 2020.

We often sweat and fuss and stress about the minutiae of how to bring something to pass. But that isn’t what matters most.

Is God interested in the “why” more than he is in the “how” or the “what”?

I think so.

I hope so.

It’s not that the “what” is unimportant. It’s just that it’s not as important as we once thought it was.

God grades on both the actions and the motivation behind the actions. He alone is sovereign over the results, and so He's mainly interested in our motives. He is interested in why you do what you’re doing.

Why you are living like you are.

Why you are making the decisions you make.

God is interested in your why.

Don’t forget that.

PS: When you have your motivation for Why in its proper place, God will work out the details of your What and your How. (Just like this next verse says)

“Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:3).
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