Just For Today
A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture
Tuesday, December 1
“Who am I…that you have brought me this far?”
2Sa 7:18 NIV
ALWAYS BE HUMBLE
A member of Parliament took his little daughter to visit Westminster Abbey. As she stood looking up at its magnificent columns, her father asked, “What do you think, sweetheart?” With childlike candor she replied, “I was thinking how big you look at home, Daddy, and how small you look in here.” God’s presence has a way of humbling us. In the Old Testament, King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, “Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far?” The Bible’s filled with examples of people who humbled themselves before God. In Matthew’s gospel he mentions his own name only twice, and both times he calls himself a tax collector. And John doesn’t even mention his own name in his gospel. The name “John” that appears throughout his gospel refers to John the Baptist. John simply calls himself “the other disciple,” or “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” Luke wrote two of the most important books in the Bible without ever once mentioning his own name. And Paul, the Bible’s most prolific author, referred to himself as “a fool” (2Co 12:11). He described himself as “the least of the apostles” (1Co 15:9), and later claimed to be “less than the least of all saints” (Eph 3:8). In fact, as Paul grew older his ego grew smaller, and in one of his final Epistles he referred to himself as “the chief of sinners” (See 1Ti 1:15). King David wrote no psalm celebrating his victory over Goliath, but he wrote a psalm of penitence confessing his sin with Bathsheba (See Ps 51). So, always be humble!
Wednesday, December 2
“[Hidden] treasures…riches stored in secret places.”
Isa 45:3 NIV
THERE’S NO SUBSTITUTE!
When we’re stressed—and who isn’t nowadays?—often our first inclination is to consult the latest “how to” book or DVD, or seek out the camaraderie of Christian friends. Reimar Schultze observes: “At best we get a splash of what we’re looking for. Time about God never replaces time with God. Look around your church and tell me whether with all the religious books, CDs, and programs, there are any that come up to the stature of Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and Noah. God Himself has been, and always will be the greatest source of information, inspiration, transformation, and fellowship…Isaac was meditating in the fields when ‘he lifted up his eyes, and saw…’ (Gen 24:63). From being alone with God comes seeing…in our quiet moments He sets before us gifts and delicacies…hidden to the hurried man. The Bible says, ‘When [Jesus] had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray’ (Mt 14:23)…Many who came to see Jesus traveled for days, yet He sent them away so He could pray. To get alone with God you have to send something away: relatives, friends, schedules…opportunities…other people’s opinions. That was true with Jesus. Many were offended by Him. He didn’t let people-pressure run His life; it was governed by His Father…[You can] become a slave to man, or live to meet God’s expectations. You can’t do both. If you do the latter, streams of living water will flow from your innermost being, and you’ll have power with God. He’ll reveal to you ‘hidden treasures, riches stored in dark places.’”