Where Is Their Statue?

There was once a young musician whose concert received very harsh reviews from the music critics. The great composer Jean Sibelius patted him on the back and consoled him by saying,”Remember, son, there is no city in the world where they have erected a statue to a critic.”

Great men and women have always been criticized. In the Bible, people criticized the prophets, priests, judges, kings, apostles and yes, even Jesus.  

So don’t let the critics get you down. And for goodness sake, don’t let them prevent you from doing what God has called you to do. Dr. David Jeremiah said, “Far better to be criticized by God’s opponents  than to disappoint God by not heeding His call.”

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain, and most fools do.”–Benjamin Franklin.  

Nehemiah faced opposition as he led God’s people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Here is how he answered his critics “…I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” (Neh.6:3)  

The work of the Lord should never stop because of critics. 

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