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Daily Devotionals

Day 34 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Psalm 25:9 (NLT)

‘He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way.’

Humility is a descriptor I mentally take for myself, yet it is a word that I’m not sure I understand the meaning of. I enjoy the limelight, and listening to stories about exploits in which I’ve played a part. I want to be noticed; I want others to think well of me; I want to lay claim to having lived a purposeful life. However, throughout it all I want to quietly ensure I am noticed and get a measure of credit with which to feed my ego.

When working on religious liberty issues I had to engage with MPs, visit Parliament and Congress as well as various government departments. Theplaces oozed with power, and I all too easily hitched my wagon to the prevailing climate and grew in stature. I quickly became a legend in my own eyes. I began to walk with a swagger, treat people as lesser mortals, and assume I was entitled to upgrades on airlines and to be treated as some sort of ‘C’ list celebrity. This was all in my own head sadly, yet I lived within that false persona. It was a prison, and one I was initially blind to and then unable to break out of.

I quickly lost sight of the reality that all work in the earth is God’s work, and I am merely a means of serving God’s purposes. It’s never about me, always about God. Slowly the blinkers were removed and I saw myself for who I was, and worse still how God saw me. It was painful and difficult to dethrone myself in favour of the rightful heir, Jesus.

Slowly I came to recognise that the one constant working throughout history is God. I am just occupying a space, one I have both inherited from my forebears and ultimately one I shall hand over to others, and God invites me to work with him in realising his forever purpose in this is creation. Only as I realise this can I begin to discover what is right and learn something of God’s ways. It seems obvious, yet, for many, can prove elusive.

QUESTION: Reflect upon the extent to which you are the centre of your own world

PRAYER: Lord God, I pray, as your Son prayed, ‘Father glorify your name’ and not mine.

Written by: Matt Weet

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