May 26, 2015

Luke 1:51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

Time and again the Bible reminds us that God knows what’s really going on inside our minds and hearts. These days you hear a lot of comments about “the death of privacy,” but that’s never been an issue when it comes to God. It is alarming when governments and individuals who don’t have our best interests in mind know too much about us, but again, that’s never an issue with God. We get antsy about God’s omniscience only when we are in rebellion against Him. Sadly, that’s all too often. However, for those who are submitted to Him and seeking to follow Him, His omniscience is a great comfort. We don’t have to get worked up about those who plot evil because we can be assured that in the final analysis, they will never “get away with” anything at all. God allows us free rein, for the most part, during our lives on this earth, but as Hebrews 9:27 reminds us, we will all die and face judgment. The most dangerous of all behaviors is the one mentioned in this verse: being proud in our inmost hearts. It is that pride that makes us think we can get by with ignoring God’s rules, and it is actually the sin of Satan, because he desired God’s glory for himself, and so was transformed from an angel to the devil. (Ezekiel 28:14-15) We cannot be in right relationship with our Creator unless we remember who He is and who we are, and act accordingly.

This issue is an increasing focus of my ministry. Not only do we need to maintain honest humility before God, as Christians we need to be aware of all that God has done for us in Christ, and who and what we are when we are in Christ. That’s what I’m writing a book about even now! I need to remember that apart from the grace of God not only do I not have the capacity to grasp the magnificence of what God has planned, I certainly don’t have the ability to communicate it effectively. This is what Paul was talking about in Ephesians 1:2-13, that my maternal grandfather referred to as “The Plan of the Ages.” I am blessed to come from generations of people who sought to grasp and communicate that plan, and I am to fulfill my own part in that plan as well.

Father, thank You for Your overwhelming grace and love. I don’t have words or ability to praise You properly for it all now, so thank You for the assurance that I will be able to do so in heaven. I do ask that You use me effectively in what I write, say, and do, so that Your love and grace may indeed communicate to as many as possible so that they may repent and believe, for their salvation and 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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