Don’t Put Self-Interest on the Throne

“When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.” – Victor Hugo
(BrainyQuote)

Today’s word of the day, from the Oxford English Dictionary, is waybread, “Chiefly in fantasy fiction (after J. R. R. Tolkien’s use): a kind of sustaining food made for eating before or during a long journey, typically in the form of flat bread or wafers.”

Today is Drawing Day. I don’t know about that. I don’t draw well, at all. I got musical talent from my parents (and the Lord, of course), but I did not get my father’s drawing talent.

It’s Monday again, which means band practice tonight.

The Red Sox pulled out a 10-9 victory over the Astros yesterday afternoon. After a serious pounding on Thursday (11-1), the Astros fought back hard in the rest of the games in the series, winning only one of them. The Orioles lost yesterday, so the Sox are back in that “virtual tie,” seven percentage points behind the O’s. Meanwhile, the Rangers pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Boo Jays in a game which included an ugly brawl during the eighth inning. Rougned Odor got in one seriously good punch, though, smacking Joey Bats squarely in the jaw, sending his glasses and helmet flying. Of course, I cannot condone this type of behavior, but someone has needed to do that to that punk for a long time. Oh, look! There’s already a video on You Tube!

And there’s already a t-shirt!

Anyway, the Rangers won and Seattle lost another game to the Angels, so the Rangers are back in first place, a half game up! Unfortunately, they now travel to the west coast to play the A’s, so I won’t know until tomorrow morning if they won, because I don’t stay up that late on weekdays.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

But God will strike the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of him who walks in his guilty ways.
The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
that you may strike your feet in their blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.”

Psalm 68:21-23

God’s deliverance of Israel included a miracle at the Red Sea, as well as victory over “warlike giants.” He is more than an expert at delivering his people from “formidable dangers.” And the Bible is filled with memories of the salvation of God, fueling our faith.

“Father, stock my mind with the remembrances of your victories, your resurrection ways among your people, that when I encounter danger or difficulty I may confidently trust your power to save me in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“The Habit of Wealth”

. . .partakers of the divine nature, . . .
2 Peter 1:4

“We are made partakers of the Divine nature through the promises, then we have to ‘manipulate’ the Divine nature in our human nature by habits, and the first habit to form is the habit of realizing the provision God has made.” It is a terrible mistake (and lie) to say that we cannot afford to do whatever it is that God is calling us to do. This is not referring to a “name it/claim it,” health and prosperity “gospel,” either. It is simply calling us to have faith in the provision that God has given us and to have faith in the promises of Scripture that God will act on our behalf. “He will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him.”

The danger is to give way to self-pity and “indulge in the habit of misery.” When we allow this to happen, we “banish God’s riches from our own lives and hinder others from entering into His provision.” When we indulge in self-pity, we put “self-interest upon the throne.” So what if circumstances are hard? It may not be “Scriptural,” but it’s true; we were never promised a “rose garden.” Because, as another popular song put it, “every rose has its thorn.”

Father, increase my faith in your provision. Help me develop the habits that Chambers has spoken of in the past few days, most especially that one about enjoying the disagreeable. I still need to work on that. But I also need to work on the habit of realizing how great your provision is in my life. Help me to walk in your Kingdom, strengthening the habits of spiritual formation, that I might draw others into your Kingdom, as well.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
Numbers 6:24-26

Grace and peace, friends.

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5 thoughts on “Don’t Put Self-Interest on the Throne

    1. It means to watch the eyes, which so often times say something different than what the words say. It means to look deeper than just words.

      1. Ah, yes, it would probably work for anyone, but Victor Hugo was probably a hopeless romantic, being an author. 🙂

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