Humility or Defiance?

Today is Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Last day of November. 25 days until Christmas!

Quote of the Day

“I saw old Autumn in the misty morn stand shadowless like silence, listening to silence.” – Thomas Hood

Word of the Day

Soporific – causing or tending to cause sleep; tending to dull awareness or alertness

Today is Stay Home Because You’re Well Day. Hah! I wish!

As usual, there isn’t much to talk about on Wednesday morning. Middle of the week, everything is pretty much as usual. We did hear that C’s step-dad will be having surgery tomorrow morning (Thursday) at 7:00 AM. They are hoping to do the surgery on all of the broken arrows, if he is able to endure that.

87 days until the first Spring Training game.
124 days until Opening Day.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared. Psalm 76:11

Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word! 
  Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.
Psalm 119:169-170

With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good. Psalm 54:6

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10

(From Praying With the Psalms)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 
  You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 
  Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. 
  You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Psalm 139:1-6

This was one my father’s favorite psalms, and is also one of mine.

Let us make no mistake. It is God who seeks us out first, not we who seek him first. “God makes the first move; he understands our being and is conversant with our most personal inner life.” If we truly understand this, it should remove any panic from our faith and any anxiety from our hope. “All our works can be response and all our words praise.”

“‘I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me; it was not I that found, O Savior true; no I was found of Thee’ (Anonymous, ‘I Sought the Lord’). Amen.”

I am reminded of the popular bumper sticker from the seventies. I had one on my car. “I Found It!” it said. Little did I realize that this was incorrect. I did not find God (or salvation). He found me. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:10

“The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the creator.” Seriously, we should examine some of the things we say that we think sound humble. “Oh, I’m no saint,” you will hear people say. Perhaps you have said it, yourself. What that really means is, “No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.” It may sound humble, but it’s really “an attitude of defiance.”

We should be concerned with what sounds humble before men. “Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.”

Father, I pray for this kind of humility in my life. Let me not be guilty of defying your ability to save and sanctify me. I am a saint, by your grace and by the blood of Christ. My sin is washed away (even those sins which I commit anew every day), and I am growing closer and closer to you. Maybe not very quickly, but still growing closer, and that is a testament to your grace and power. The ability that I do have has been given me by you. I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me!

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)

Grace and peace, friends.

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