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Morning and Evening 4.09

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Before I begin, I am overwelmed with joy as today my parents will be celebrating 35 years of marriage. In a worldly view where marriage doesn’t mean much anymore, but as Christians, I am delighted that God has blessed them and has shown them the significance of the covenent that they made so long ago. They would be the first to tell you that it was only God that made this happen. I look at them as such great examples, as tomorrow will be my anniversary with Cindy celebrating our 5th year of marriage; and it is God who I put my trust in to guide me through.

“Thy gentleness hath made me great.” Psalm 18:35

As a sinner, I am so blessed by this verse. Spurgeon looks at Thy gentleness as a few different points of view, thy goodness, thy providence, thy help, thy humility, they condescension, and thy discipline.

We see that in all these it is God making Himself little which is the cause of our being made great. I am so glad that God is gentle and corrects me with love and discipline. Spurgeon writes, “My sins were the scourges which lacerated those blessed shoulders, and crowned with thorn those bleeding brows: my sins cried Crucify Him, Crucify Him and laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders.” After reading this, God should have and could have used no condescension or humility and crushed all of our wretched souls. I praise Him, as should you, that it is finished. God sent Jesus to pay for these sins.

He makes Himself little that we can be made BIG. He gives us the ability and the cause to do great things. He is the cause of our significance. Do not boast in what you have done, but what He has done. As we meditate on Him today, remember who and what put Him on the cross and the wrath that should have been place on us was put on Jesus. Yet also remember that it was God’s perfect plan and His gentleness that saved us from that wrath. Praise Him!

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