November 5, 2012

Psalm 118:22-23 The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
the LORD has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

This is among the Scriptures that Jesus quoted directly about Him-self, (Matthew 21:42) and as such it is very significant. The meaning seems pretty clear, and that is that God values people and things differently than we do, and that it’s God’s valuation that counts. We could easily replace “builders” here with scientists, lawyers, politicians, or any other sort of “expert.” Perhaps I should particularly include “theologians!” We can see that “experts” of past ages were pretty ignorant guys, but we don’t want to admit that we are all still pretty ignorant. It’s not wrong to have assurance in what you know, but it is a grand mistake to think you know it all. After all, the “experts” of Jesus’ day were for the most part the ones who rejected Him most thoroughly, which is why He quoted this passage to them. The past couple of days the readings have been about the fear of the Lord, and this is closely related. A proper fear of God will generate a profound humility before Him, and will open our minds and hearts to receive His truth regardless of what the “experts” say.

Hubris has always been a problem for me. Blessed with a high IQ, I have allowed it to make me stupid! Humility is always wiser than arrogance. I am not to reject what I have learned over the years, both academically and by experience, but I must always be ready for the Lord to show me something new or something different. I also must be open to Him using anyone or anything to teach me. Rejecting truth because we despise the messenger is never wise, but it is all too common. My focus is to be on God, on Christ, to the point that I am able to hear what He tells me above all the distracting voices that surround me.

Father, yet again You have me asking for something that is beyond my natural ability. Thank You, because that means You will do it in and through me. I remember when years ago You told me not to be surprised at what surprised others, but to expect great things of You. Help me be true to that Word, so that my unbelief may not get in the way of anything You want to do in or through me, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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