August 20 - Divine Patience

By Don Bailey

Today's Scripture: Psalm 37:1-11

Central Thought: God wants us to see past the outward successes of those who do not serve Him.

Celia rolled her eyes in frustration. Mary, the new worker in the office, was trying to impress her boss with all of her hard work—'hard work” that several had to help her complete. This scene brought back some unpleasant memories from her last job. There she had a supervisor that manipulated his way into his position and regularly took credit for the good job his staff did. She thought, 'Is this what I am going to have to go through again?”

David also saw the outward success of the unrighteous and learned a vital principle: 'delight yourself in the Lord.” David learned that delighting in the Lord involved committing his life and ways to the Lord and allowing God to direct Him. God will be just, and those who reject His grace can expect His wrath. Conversely, God will also take care of His people—even when it seems there is no justice.

God wants us to delight in Him. As we make pleasing Him our priority, He will help us better understand the seemingly unjust things we may experience.

Devotional Prayer: Help me to understand that You are just and will not forget me and my service to You.

Today's Bible Reading: Esther 8:1-10:3; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13; Psalm 37:1-11; Proverbs 21:23-24