Today’s Scripture: But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 1 Corinthians 4:3‑4

Charles Spurgeon, a preacher from a past century, was voted out of his association, even by his brother. However, he became very popular because of his stand with the Scriptures. One day, a man met Spurgeon on the street. The man removed his hat, bowed to him, and sarcastically said, “The reverend, Mr. Spurgeon, a great humbug.”

Spurgeon took off his hat and replied, “Sir, I’d love to thank you for the compliment. For at least I am great at something.”

We are all going to face criticism. Elbert Hubbard said it this way, “To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” Since we will face criticism, how should we respond to it?

There was once a judge who was constantly being criticized by an attorney. The judge basically ignored him. Finally, someone asked him, “Why don’t you ever do anything about that attorney?”

The judge replied, “Well, I have a neighbor, and that neighbor has a dog. Every time there is a full moon, the dog will bark all night long.” Then the judge turned to have a conversation with another person.

The man’s mind began racing, and he wondered “What does that mean?” He finally interrupted the other conversation and asked, “Judge, Judge, what about the dog and the moon?”

The judge said, “Oh! Sorry about that. The moon is still shining.”

No matter how much the dog barks, the moon still shines. At the end of the day, if someone is criticizing you, check its validity. If it is true, fix it. Even if the judgment is unfair, look to see if you can improve on the thing that you were criticized about. If not, ignore it. Don’t let criticism drive you. Why? No barking dog is going to stop the moon from shining.

God is the Judge Whose judgment matters. Keep serving Him

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.