Good morning. It is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Election Day.
Today is also Use Your Common Sense Day. How ironic.
I don’t have a lot of time, this morning, as I am going in early. Apparently, they were three people short, yesterday (including my scheduled day off), and got quite a large amount of boxes in. Both my manager and lead texted me and asked me to come in at 7:00.
(From The Divine Hours)
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters;
they saw the deeds of the LORD, his wondrous works in the deep.
For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea.
They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight;
they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.
Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!
Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “At the Door of God’s Mercy.”
According to God’s Word, we cannot save ourselves, “no matter how dutiful or prayerful we are.” This is probably right at the heart of our dilemma. “We fluctuate between castigating ourselves and congratulating ourselves because we are deluded into thinking we save ourselves.” We pride ourselves on our “good works,” giving ourselves a “false sense of security.” We fail to remember the words of the prophet Isaiah (64:6), We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. Then “our halo gets too tight, and a carefully disguised attitude of moral superiority results.” On the other hand, we become devastated by our failure to live up to our own high expectations. It’s like a “roller-coaster ride of elation and depression.”
What is the reason for this?
“Because we never lay hold of our nothingness before God, and, consequently, we never inter into the deepest reality of our relationship with him. But when we accept ownership of our powerlessness and helplessness, when we acknowledge that we are paupers at the door of God’s mercy, then God can make something beautiful out of us.”
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Father, I pray that you would keep driving me down this path of discovering my nothingness before you, my spiritual poverty. I am well on the way, but I sill catch myself putting on these airs of moral superiority, when I have no such right to do so. I pray for forgiveness for that, and for deliverance from any kind of feeling that I have obtained my own salvation or any right standing with you. All of this has come from you, through Jesus Christ!
I pray for this day. As I get ready to head out the door for work, I pray for a safe drive to and from work today. I pray that we will be able to get caught up today. May Christi have safe travel, and a good day at work, as well. Show Stephanie your overwhelming love today, Lord.
I am nothing before God, and everything that I am and have has come from him. Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
Grace and peace, friends.