Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

All a man’s ways seem innocent to him,
but motives are weighed by the LORD.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do,
and your plans will succeed.
(Proverbs 16:2-3 (NIV))

Have you ever heard someone say “It was just a little white lie. It didn’t hurt anybody.” Have you ever actually uttered these words yourself? I dare to say that even if we have not actually said them, each of us have probably thought about saying them, or something very similar.

What were the circumstances in your life surrounding these words? There may be as many different reasons for saying them as there are people in the world, still, there is probably an underlying theme behind each and every utterance. If you stop to think about it, ego and pride are probably the roots that gave life to these words.

What we consider little white lies are actually our feeble attempts at covering up something. Something that we do not want others to know about because they will think less of us, or they will know that we are not as perfect as we think we are. Most of our motives are driven by ego and pride. Even acts such as lust, envy and murder are all connected to the way we see ourselves and how we see our relationships with others. Envy is simply an exposure of pride where we long to have what someone else has. We justify this emotion by telling ourselves that we are just as good, if not better, than the person who has what we want. It is probably safe to say that even our professional lives and our social lives are controlled somewhat by pride. We long to be respected and live in a big house regardless of whether that is what we are called to have.

Is this your underlying motive for what you seek in life? Do you commit your time to God so that you will be seen by men? Think about that statement.

What are your motives for the things that you do? Would you continue to do them even if you never receive any accolades from a single person? Would you give of your time if only God knew of your deeds? Pray for guidance and pray that your plans are from the Lord. Pray that He will give you the strength and the courage to discern what is from Him and what is from you. Pray that you are mature in your faith to know the difference.

Have you looked at your motives lately?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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