Can I trust God in spite of criticism?
Over the course of our lives, we’ll come in contact with people who will encourage us in our spiritual journey, sharpening us “as iron sharpens iron” [Proverbs 27:17]. The Bible – which is God’s word – will always support a life of faith.
These two categories of influencers will always encourage us to do good things, like read the Bible and live a life of obedience to the Holy Spirit by exhibiting faith, serving, joining an accountability group, being generous, praying, fasting, and trusting God.
And on the other hand we’re going to have people who criticize and speak negatively about the things of God. Both will always exist simultaneously.
1. Those good we do things – reading our Bibles and praying – are not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” So don’t be discouraged when you encounter criticism!
2. Don’t be the kind of person who criticizes and turns others away from doing God’s will. As 1 Thessalonians 5:55 says, “Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.”