The Exception Does Not Rule
A devotion on Deuteronomy 6:18
You shall do that which is right and good in the LORD’s sight, that it may be well with you and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to your fathers.
Some people won’t swim in the ocean for fear of sharks.
Despite knowing that such attacks are by far the exception and not the rule, some still won’t go swimming.
We often look at obedience to God this way. Much of Scripture says: remain faithful to God, obey Him and your life will go well.
But then we hear about the exceptions. Kate is such a good person, but the economy bankrupted her. Jeremy ate right and exercised, but he still got cancer. What’s the point of living right?
Ask Job. He had it all: money, health, family, and a deep faith in God. When the money, health, and family were gone, Job’s faith remained. He didn’t understand why his Earthly blessings vanished, but he refused to curse God for his misfortunes (Job 13:15).
Job knew that whatever he might endure on earth was an exception.
God rules! He deserves our trust.
Whether we experience joy or sorrow, we can trust that the ruler of the universe still knows what He’s doing. Even if our lives were to end tomorrow, God still promises it will be well — that we’ll dwell in a good land with Him for eternity.
So, don’t be ruled by the exception. Trust God who offers infinite peace and prosperity.
Dear God, Please rule over every aspect of my life. I give it all to You, trusting You to do what is best for my eternal salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Do I have a positive outlook on life or am I more skeptical and critical? How can I strengthen my trust in God and practice seeing His purpose in everything?