March 27, 2017
Sometimes It Is Best to Ignore Criticism!
Psalm 38:13-14 (KJB) But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth. 14 Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
The world has become a hubbub of opinions and mindless attacks on others who do not believe or view things in the same manner. So much weight is instilled in one’s personal opinion today and these waves of views and estimations are so diverse that there seems to be no common thread holding society together.
Of course, you as a professing Christian understand that there is one foundation or plumb line that every action and thought is measured against. That is the judgement of God. He has plainly laid out in His Word His course of acceptance towards every thought and action that mankind is held accountable to. However, because of pride and self-sufficiency the natural man is often found to be at odds with this spiritual line in the sand that God has divinely laid.
David is speaking in this verse about ignoring his vocal critics who failed not to open their mouths with a glaring opinion and correction of him. David knew that he was on a good spiritual course with God and that his critics were providing their opinion which did not line up with God’s spiritual estimation. David wisely chose to shutter his ears and mouth against these ungodly attacks towards him.
Sometimes the best thing we can do is swallow our need to interact, reproof, and publicly oppose others who are set against our course in this life. Ignoring critics can be the best course of action especially when our will and way line up to what God desires in our life.