Devotionals

Zealous for God

Yesterday, I was at my daughter’s volleyball game. A man sat near me who was obviously for the other team. During the two-hour event, I repetitively heard him comment to one after another his sentiments about this “home-schooling” VB team: “Yeah, they are home-schooled. What do they do all day? They got more than enough time to practice their volleyball!” I could feel my emotional blood pressure reach new heights. I tried to distance myself from him, but no matter where I sat, my ears could hear his scornful and critical comments to other spectators. I thought of what I should or could say to such an arrogant person and level him to the rubble of a humiliated human being. Perhaps I could mention my “home-teached” medical student or hospice nurse! 

I wondered why I had the unique privilege to listen to such foolish and offensive retorts. It seemed none of my fellow home-schooling parents heard what I had heard. Finally, the next day, I realized something. I got more upset over comments about my daughter’s student life, than when someone might say: “So where is their God?!” (Psalms115:2). Why is it that my emotional blood pressure will soar over a volleyball game and not over a critical indictment against the Lord? Why would such a statement not even seem to faze me, but I lose sleep over the haughtiness of that father toward my daughter and her team? I craft rebuttals to destroy such derogatory words but would not even compose a paper thought in defense of the Lord Jesus. Perhaps, it is because I do not hold Him with such value anymore. Perhaps, I do not think His honor is worth defending any longer. Perhaps, I have not even spoken to the Lord about these words. Lord, is there not a cause to act and bring your name, your people and your presence back to the forefront of the unbelieving world and believing family of God?

Dr. Steve Price- Renew In Knowledge 

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2 comments on “Zealous for God

  1. Well said. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. God bless!

  2. When we think of God in the abstract, it is easy to set Him aside. He has infinite patience, though, and I am grateful for all the times He has brought me through matters large and small.

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