Humble Exiles

Today’s reading is 1 Peter 5.

Christ’s exiles are holy and honorable, but we must also be humble. In other words, we don’t get all uppity about our holiness or our honorableness. We recognize Satan is on the prowl. He is looking to destroy our holiness and our honorableness. And we are not so holy or honorable that we can’t fall prey. We must humble ourselves before God and one another. We must walk in humility in order to be exalted by God. We must walk in humility to have victory. Thank God for the victories of holiness and honorableness He has granted in our lives, but let’s not get lax. Keep up your guard. Keep up your humility.

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Peter 1.

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Today’s reading is Luke 18.

Do you see the thread of trust throughout the stories in today’s reading? In the first, we can trust that God will deliver His elect. Perhaps not in our time, but in His. It will happen, so hang on to Him. But don’t trust in yourself and in your own personal righteousness. Honestly, you simply cannot be righteous enough to deliver yourself. Don’t trust in riches. They will not buy your way into the kingdom no matter what else they will buy for you. Don’t trust in the crowds, they will steer you wrong. Keep calling out for Jesus. You can trust Him. And smack in the middle of these stories, the little children. The little children who don’t know any better than to trust their Father. The little children who humbly depend on their Father no matter what. That is to be us. We know that for some children of human fathers, that trust can lead to terrible tragedy, but never with our Father. We can be like little children. He cares for us. He knows the way. He is the way. Trust Him no matter what.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 19.

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A Humble Life

Today’s reading is 1 Peter 5.

“Clothe yourselves with humility,” Peter says. We are to be humble before one another, whether we are young or old, whether we are shepherd or sheep. Further, we are to humble ourselves before God, which is demonstrated by casting our anxieties upon Him because He cares for us. Humility is tough. We all want to accomplish something great. We all want to be seen as someone special. We want to give the good advice, set the good example, be the sought after counselor. And, of course, God may use us that way. But first we must become like our Chief Shepherd. After all, the greatest thing He did for us was die on a cross. Talk about humility. Boy, I’ve got a long way to go. How about you?

Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Peter 1.

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