Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
(Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV))

If only our society lived by these words. We have become a people who think that whatever we want to do is all right as long as it does not effect anyone else. Too many of us moan about our rights even though what we do is wrong. What we have failed to realize is that, according to the old saying, no man is an island. What each of us does has an effect and an impact on those around us.

We have been judged and all of us have been found lacking and none of us are worthy. We have all been found to have a huge plank firmly embedded not only in our eye, but in our life. We need to look closely at what we are doing and be very self-critical, for we are all guilty. We need to:

Be still, and know that I am God
(Psalms 46:10a(NIV))

Perhaps, if we spend time seeking God, then our planks would be removed and we could see clearly. We may even find that we are then truly in a position to help others remove their speck of sawdust.

Have you been able to remove your plank?

Copyright 1998 – 2011 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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