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PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Nov
19

When Right is Wrong

Elwin Ahu

Scripture
"And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus." (Matthew 1:24-25)
Observation
Have you ever wondered what if Joseph had never followed through with the instructions the Lord had been revealed to him in a dream? What if he insisted on standing his ground as a "righteous man" and refused to marry a woman who was already "with child?" After all, no one could blame him for dissolving a relationship that had gone "sour." He had done nothing wrong and wasn't she the "guilty" party? What if Joseph had walked away ... then, he would have missed the miracle. He would have forfeited his role in the unfolding of plans of God for him, and for the rest of the world. But, Joseph set aside his own "righteousness" and obediently followed through with what the Lord had asked of him.
Application
Sometimes we can't be more wrong than when we think we're so right. One of the greatest roadblocks that sit in the path to obedience are eyes that have been blinded by our "righteousness." When we're right, it's easy to find blame, to generate an excuse, to point the finger at the other person's failure, but, we will miss the miracle that God may just be showing us, yet we refuse to see. This is what the Lord meant when He referenced the Pharisees who had eyes, but couldn't see, ears that couldn't hear. When we stand so right before others, we fail to see the unseen, and hear the unheard that God may be revealing to us. We're never more wrong, than when we think we're so right.

It's been a path I've found myself walking many times in my life. I wonder how many miracles I may have missed along the way simply because I thought I was so right in my reasons, yet so blinded by my own eyes? I wonder how many wrong corners I've turned because my pride was just a decibel louder than the Lord's voice of instructions to lead me a different way? My heart needs to be more like Joseph and my eyes and ears need to be open and willing to obey, regardless how "right" I may see myself in my own eyes. It means removing my blinders of pride and setting aside reasons that may seem to justify my positions and be open to whatever the Lord may be asking of me, in whatever I do, wherever He asks me to go.
Prayer
Lord, forgive me for times that I've thought of myself as being so right, yet I was so wrong. Thank you for your amazing grace, for I once was blind, but now I see. Keep my heart open and my eyes and ears available to hear your voice and to obey every word that proceeds from your heart.

Devotions for November 19

Matthew 1,2,3,4

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