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My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
11/14 Reading Portions: 1 Chronicles 3-4; Hebrews 9; Amos 3; Psalm 146-147
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The LORD lifts up the humble;
It is much easier for the saint to humble himself or herself in private before the Lord. Privately, our spirits recognize the majesty of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, so we therefore fall upon the mercy of God time and again. It is another thing, however, to humble oneself publicly before unsaved men. This is the true test of our trusting in a sovereign God, holding steadfast to His truth, His grace, and His mercy when situations and circumstances tempt us to vindicate ourselves before the bitterness of unbelief. I haven’t always been faithful at humbling myself, but by God’s grace, I’m getting better at it each time I employ it. And when we humble ourselves in this manner, the Lord Jesus lifts us up in spiritual blessings, which are both uncounted and untold. One incident I remember involved an auto accident that occurred to me in front of the church my mother-in-law attended. Rather than argue with the people, two of which threatened to beat me up, I humbly submitted to take the blame, which I knew was not my fault. My mother-in-law’s entire congregation witnessed this. The Lord lifted me up to make me the pastor of that church a few months later. We need to keep in mind, our Lord Jesus stood before religious unbelief, accused of things He didn’t do, receiving the brunt of false witness He did not say. Ultimately, Jesus was accused of blasphemy when He spoke the truth. If there was anyone worthy of justifying Himself before men, it was the Man Christ Jesus— sinless, perfect, holy, and righteous. He humbled Himself even unto the death of the cross (Phil 2:8), whereas the heavenly Father lifted Him up to exalt Jesus above every name (Phil 2:9-11). May we, by God’s grace, humble ourselves for the sake of our Master’s eternal witness.
“I need no other argument,
I need no other plea.
It is enough that Jesus died
And that He died for me.”
“My Faith Has Found a Resting Place”
by Lidie H. Edmunds (1861-1920)
aka Eliza Edmunds Hewitt