When they had been brought safely through, then we found out that the island was called Malta. The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all. But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, "Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live." However, he shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm. But they were expecting that he was about to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had waited a long time and had seen nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and began to say that he was a god. Acts 28:1-6
The naive believes everything, but the sensible man considers his steps. Proverbs 14:15
For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Romans 12:3
The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility. Proverbs 15:33
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 26-31
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Sometimes we are so blown away by our shipwreck experience that we cannot conceive of how to go forward; how to be a true survivor. At such moments, we become vulnerable to looking for a sense of well-being outside of ourselves – one that is based on the opinions of others. If the input we receive is positive, then we feel good about ourselves. If the input we receive is negative, then we feel bad about ourselves. We develop a center outside ourselves from which we try to find our “survival.” But this kind of survival is not true survival. When God is allowed to be at the center of our being we are able to look to Him as He dwells within our hearts and we find in Him that sense of well-being which is so vital to being a true survivor. The praises and criticisms of others can be devastating if God is not our center. When He is at the center, we will handle the input of others properly and receive from that input only that which is needful and appropriate.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am in you and you are in me. I know this is your doing and not mine. Yes, you have become to me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption and I am deeply grateful for it. But please, show me more fully what this really means for me as I seek to go forward with you. Deliver me from the opinions of others and from thinking either to highly or to lowly of myself. Become my true center. I love you, worship you, and praise you, Lord. Amen!
Posted on Tue, May 23, 2017
by Ken Hart