Today’s Scripture: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: Ephesians 1:3

What a world this would be if we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings.

A judge was deciding the outcome of a case and requested a second opinion. The jury foreman came and said, “Not guilty.” But the judge sent the man to prison. Someone in the audience had coughed and drowned out the “Not…” A man was condemned because of a misunderstanding.

Aren’t you glad God never misunderstands us? He never falsely accuses us or second-guesses our intentions. Isn’t it comforting to know He can see beyond our words and actions to the motives that drive our prayers of desperation?

This really provides encouragement when we wrestle with interpersonal conflicts at home or the office. It offers relief when we feel like no one else understands our burdens.

It’s easy for little things to keep us from seeing the big picture, Christ. Someone looks at you the wrong way, and you think, “They must not like me.” Or another person doesn’t speak to you in the hallway, causing you to wonder, “Are they mad at me?” Our anxieties and suspicions are frequently founded on nothing more than warped thinking.

Rather than allowing our minds to wander, swayed by the imagined perceptions of others, let us think about how God views us. His Word will condemn us when we’re wrong, but it also encourages us when we’re right. Let us turn to Him, early and often. He thinks very highly of you, and that’s all that matters.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.