"Humility & Forgiveness" - Friday, June 24th
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him. Psalm 32:8-10
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The blessing of God’s gracious forgiveness and cleansing when we confess to him our sinful failures with an open and honest heart gives us the opportunity to go forward in our brand new and spanking clean state. There is a humility of soul that makes it possible for us to come before God and receive forgiveness and cleansing from him in the first place. It is this same humility of soul that makes it possible for us to go forward letting God help us stay all brand new and spanking clean.
In today’s Scripture we see the commitment God makes to the Psalmist for helping him go forward victoriously. God says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” This precious commitment of God to the Psalmist is the commitment he is wanting for us to count on so that we go forward victoriously as well. A proud, independent, and stubborn spirit is the downfall of many. God goes on to say, “Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding, whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check, otherwise they will not come near to you.”
We need to come near to God freely, humbly, and in full reliance and trust so that we stay clean and new and victorious. If we don’t humbly learn how to let God help us build properly on the forgiveness and cleansing he provides, we will fully know “the sorrows of the wicked.” However, if we have the humility of soul to trust God, depend on God and go forward with God, the experience promised to the Psalmist, “lovingkindness will surround him,” will be ours.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I can be so haphazard and lax about my sin. How I coast along until I absolutely have no choice but to get right with you. How often I am then haphazard and lax about how I go forward from having been graciously forgiven and cleansed of sinful failure. How often the outcome is more sinful failure. Lord, please break the cycle today. I humbly and openly confess the sin of being haphazard and lax in my seeking to depend on you for my Christian life and experience. I come near to you God freely, humbly, and in full reliance and trust. I claim the victory you will accomplish for me. Amen!
Posted on Fri, June 24, 2016
by Alan Porter