Devotional Thought for Today – 01/27/2021

I have written about HUMILITY a lot over the years (you can search in the box to the right). I guess I just need a constant reminder.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10

JAMES 4

Chapter 3 saw James reminding his readers that the world was no place to gain wisdom and knowledge.  

Have you ever noticed that whenever you get tangled up in the world you also get a worldly disposition? James points out this has caused fights among the believers and here in Chapter 4, he calls them to repent and humble themselves before the Lord.

No one likes to say we are wrong, even to God it is not easy to admit our sinful ways. Knowing 1 John 1:9, that He is ready to forgive whatever we confess, sure makes things easier. Still having some help doesn’t hurt either. Of course, Christ is our only advocate interceding with the Father on our behalf. But the third person of the Trinity can not be neglected. The Spirit helps us to pray, even when we do not know how or what to ask for (Romans 8:26; Jude 20). 

Using the guide below ask for some humility in your walk with God today. 

We must beg for the powerful assistance and influence of the blessed Spirit of grace in our prayers.

Lord, we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but let your Spirit help us in our weakness and intercede for us. Romans 8:26(ESV)

O pour upon us a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, Zechariah 12:10(ESV) the Spirit of adoption teaching us to cry, “Abba, Father”; Romans 8:15(ESV) that we may find in our hearts to pray this prayer: Send out your light and your truth; let them lead us, let them bring us to your holy hill and to your dwelling; to God, our exceeding joy. Psalm 43:3-4(ESV)

O Lord, open our lips, and our mouths will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15(ESV)

We must make the glory of God our highest end in all our prayers.

This is what you, O LORD, have said: that you will be sanctified among those who are near you, and before all the people you will be glorified. Leviticus 10:3(ESV) We, therefore, worship before you, O Lord, that we may glorify your name; Psalm 86:9(ESV) and therefore we call upon you, that you may deliver us, and we may glorify you. Psalm 50:15(ESV)

For from you and through you and to you are all things. Romans 11:36(ESV)

How the Sovereignty of God Silences Pride

The Master's Seminary Blog

by Jerod Gilcher | Sep 29, 2020

There is a myth that has long filled the church: that the more theology you know, the more prideful you become. And sadly this is often more reality than myth (cf. 1 Cor. 8:1). Men and women throughout church history have all been guilty of becoming ‘puffed up’ with knowledge that doesn’t humble them. We have all, at one time or another, clubbed down well-intended, yet misinformed saints with our doctrine. And if we’re not careful, we all will grab our theological clubs again.

But doctrine is not to blame for pride. The one responsible is the fallen saint who wields the doctrine. What if the intended effect of doctrine was just the opposite? What if the deeper we descended in our understanding of God, the more humble we became?…

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Daily Devotional – Arrogance Humbled

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Job 38:19-21

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CONTEXT:

A quick recap the Book of Job is a book of testing of one of God’s Old Testament Saints’. It is the only book dedicated to such a topic in the bible, and as such deserves close attention. 

 In chapters 1-3, God tests Job’s faithfulness by allowing Satan to attack him. 

In Chapters 4-37, Job’s “friends” inundated him with a ton of BAD advice as they discuss his situation back and forth.

Chapters 38-42, are about God speaking directly to Job and restoring fellowship with him. 

Chapter 38 v.1-11, God begins His lesson with Job by asking a simple question; Who are you to question my authority and wisdom?’ He humbles Job showing him that although he had fought hard to answer his arrogant and ignorant friends, Job’s wisdom was sorely lacking. 

In v.12-24, The Lord begins a more or less one sides question and answer session with Job pointing out his ignorance and arrogance to presume his wisdom.

The finally verses 25-41 God had previously shown how ignorant Job was now He shows how weak Job is.


BREAKDOWN:

19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, – God says, so you think you are smart Okay tell me this ‘what is the source of light and where does darkness go to?’ 

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20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? –  To add insult to injury as they say, God further asks Job; ‘Since you are so knowledgeable you must be able to take me to the home of light, you must know road there!’ 

The speed of light in a vacuum is 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), and in theory nothing can travel faster than light. In miles per hour, light speed is, well, a lot: about 670,616,629 mph. If you could travel at the speed of light, you could go around the Earth 7.5 times in one second.

So basically God is calling out Job’s arrogance and ignorance by asking him something no man can (physically) track. 

21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? –  You can almost hear God’s underlying giggle in His voice as He makes this final statement in our test stating; ‘but of course you know all this for you where there before creation was.’

Was Job God? Of course not and God makes this clear here. Genesis 1:1-5

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.


APPLICATION:

We all think we have know stuff, and knowledge is a good thing when rightly or better put righteously applied. 

Yet man, as far back as Job’s day, has a consistent habit of applying his knowledge wrongly. One only has to look at the happenings of the past few months in America to see the destructive evil that can come about from unbridled Arrogance and biased knowledge gone awry. 

That (in my opinion) is why God gave us the Book of Job, as a permanent reminder that when ever we think ourselves high and mighty, whenever we think we have the answers, we need to Humbly go to God for the real solution.  

Kingdom Greatness

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Matthew 18:1–4 “Calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said…‘Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’” (vv. 2–4).
Coram deo: Living before the face of God

Matthew Henry writes: “The humblest Christians are the best Christians and most like to Christ, and highest in his favor, and fittest to serve in this world, and enjoy him in another.” Humble believers have an honest assessment of their own abilities and are examples of what it means to have regard for Jesus’ honor, not their own. We will point others to Jesus if we possess these qualities. Consider the humble people you know and imitate them as they imitate Christ.

INTO the WORD daily Bible studies from TableTalk Magazine, Matthew Studies. Copyright © 2008 by Ligonier Ministries.

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 30 January

p-day-byFALSE HUMILITY

Priding himself on his humility – Colossians 2:18 (Weymouth)

 He that brags of his humility loses it. – John Boys

 Many are humbles but not humble, low but not lowly. – John Trapp

 He that carries grace in a proud heart carries dust in the wind. – William Jenkyn

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

** Note for a daily devotional this year check out our Faithful Steward Ministry Facebook page and Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones excellent “Walking with God”