Criticism

David’s Response to His Rejection - Psalms 31:14 – 31:24 (commentary)

This passage begins with the phrase “My times are in thy hand” (v. 15). David was expressing his belief that all of life’s circumstances are under God’s control. Knowing this enables us to keep steady in our faith regardless of our circumstances. It keeps us from sinnin …

We Are to Emulate Christ’s Example - I Peter 2:21 – 2:23 (commentary)

Christ is our perfect example, which we can read in the four Gospels. God chose for you to suffer as you follow in the footsteps of Christ, who set an example by suffering for you (v. 21). Even though He was sinless in what He did, yet He suffered at the hands of auth …

How to Respond to Criticism - Jeremiah 18:18 – 18:23 (commentary)

The people refused to accept Jeremiah’s declaration of doom because it conflicted with the life they were enjoying (vv. 18-23). Proud sinners don’t enjoy hearing about God’s sovereignty or the threat of impending judgment. Their solution was to attack him with their tong …

Job Takes His Case to God - Job 13:1 – 13:16 (commentary)

At the beginning of this chapter Job turns his attention to the criticism of his friends. He begins by claiming that he knows all the things they have shared with him, and states that they have not shed any new light on his problems (vv. 1-2). Job portrays how deeply he r …