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Morning:“Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar.” – Psalm 120:5
Well, its early in the morning, and I’m a bit late starting my blog-day, and it seems like I’ve never seen these Scriptures before! Kind of scary. But then I realized – Hey! If I’m clueless as to what these mean, then I’ll have to pray to God, and He will get the glory, and I’ll learn something and be blessed! So here goes! Pray…pray…pray…pray!!
I really love this:
Let your goodness be the only fault they can discover in you. Like Daniel, compel them to say of you, “We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.”
I don’t think people can say this about me, for two reasons:
1) I have plenty of faults! Today I was screaming at other drivers so much, that my sweet wife wanted to go home on the way to breakfast! She was willing to give up Bacon and French Toast because my whining was so bad! Then this evening, one of my daughters fined me $20 for my impatient outbursts at other drivers ($5 per infraction is the going rate in my household).
2) I tend to hang out around (only) other Christians, so it is hard to find people around me that don’t like “the law of my God”.
Fortunately, both faults can be remedied throught the grace of God! I have repented (again!) of my bad whiny/impatient character, and I am asking the Lord to help me overcome this!
Secondly, this exhortation from Spurgeon is making me realize how insulated my life has become, and I praise Him that He will help bring me into contact with unbelievers that I may witness to, with my NEW non-whiny personality!
Evening:“Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea?” – Job 38:16
When I was five years old I told my Dad that I knew most everything, and was ready to figure out everything else on my own. I’ve been unlearning everything I thought I knew ever since. The older I get, the less I seem to know, and that’s a very good thing. I’m finally figuring out how unreliable my tired old brain is. It is good to be humbled!
Our world is being humbled as well. The more Science learns, the less it knows. The number of stars in the universe varies year-by-year (by so-called scientific knowledge) up and down, a thousand-fold, or a billion-fold, and Science doesn’t even blink an eye and say “pardon me”.
The same is true in the Social Sciences. If man can so easily obtain World Peace, on his own, as many claim, then why are there so many dozens of Organizations For World Peace? I mean, if they can’t even agree amongst themselves as to how to organize and strive, what hope do they have for the rest of us?
Paul Krugman, a recent Nobel Prize winner in Economics, stated a few days ago in the New York Times that the field of Economics is in a state of complete disarray, having mistaken beautiful theories for Truth, full of schisms between Universities, where the various sides on theoretical issues disrespect each other completely. And now both sides have been proven wrong by the recent economic decline.
Spurgeon hits the nail on the head:
Let me not strive to understand the infinite, but spend my strength in love. What I cannot gain by intellect I can possess by affection, and let that suffice me.
Spurgeon was a brilliant man, and he never left his brains at the door of any building he entered. Yet he labored not in vain, in Christ (1 Cor 15:18).
May we, like Spurgeon, possess by affection, by the grace of God, that which HE wishes to edify us with – growing in knowledge of Him!
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him [be] the glory both now and forever. Amen. – [2 Peter 3:18 NKJV]