Scripture: 1 Samuel 8-10, 2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 10:18 For it is people of whom the Lord thinks well who are really approved, not people who think well of themselves.


We all want approval, and we seek it from others.  Yet the only approval that matters in the end is God’s.

In 1 Samuel 8, the Israelites wanted a king, and paid no attention to Samuel’s warnings.  Why?  Because they wanted to be like the other nations around them.  They wanted to fit in and be like everyone else.  They sought the approval of those around them, but not God’s approval.

This was one of Saul’s lifelong problems.  He was insecure and needed approval from others.  In chapters 13 and 15, Saul disobeys God and blames it on others.  He was more concerned what others thought of him than what God thought.

In 2 Corinthians 10, Paul is addressing his critics, and tells them that he is not concerned with what they think of him; he is more concerned with what God thinks of him.

Don’t worry about what others think of you; be concerned with what God thinks of you.  It’s God’s approval that we need.  Live for the audience of One.  If you try to please others, you’ll be insecure.  Do what God wants and be confident.

This is an every day battle for me: I care too much what others think.  Please God!  That’s my focus today (and every day).

Prayer: Lord, forgive me for all the time I spend trying to win others’ approval when I should be thinking about Yours.  Help me to live God-first, to please You today.