OT: Leviticus 22:17-33, Leviticus 23:1-44
NT: Mark 9:30-50, Mark 10:1-12
Ps: Psalm 44:1-8
Pr: Proverbs 10:19
Today´s notable verse:
When words are many, sin is not absent,
but he who holds his tongue is wise.
Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)
Have you ever noticed that when we have a guilty conscience about something, we are compelled to talk about it? Whatever it was that induced the guilty conscience, whether we try to rationalize it, marginalize it, seek confirmation that it wasn't wrong, or confess it - we seem compelled to talk. I wonder if this proverb alludes to the same thing? I like the second half, and think it wise advice at any time. Being slow to speak (James 1:19) often reaps dividends.
The One Year Bible Blog asks:
Comments from You & Question of the Day - Based on Psalm 44:3 above - as you look back on your life and at the good things that have happened to you, do you think that these things occurred because of your own power or work alone? Or, do you think it is possible that God's hand was blessing your life through all of those good things - even if maybe you did not notice God was there at the time?
I know that God is at the root of everything I've accomplished in my life. Whether orchestrated directly by God, or simply a result of making use of the skills and abilities God has given me, He is the reason for any success I've had. I have no "power" of my own, but only the power of God working through me. In the words of Paul:
7 To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)
I try to make this attitude my own - and I'll be the first to admit that to do so isn't easy! But considering that pride may be one of the most foundational of all sins, understanding the principle of this passage is one of the most empowering in all of Scripture. When we learn this kind of humility, we truly allow the full power of God to work through us.
To delight in one's weaknesses might cause some to infer a lack of self-esteem in such a person - and they would be right! However, when one esteems oneself less in order to esteem God more highly, such lack of self-esteem is proper, good, and incredibly empowering. May I more and more become that kind of person!