Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
I am never amazed that God CAN perform miracles.
I am always amazed that he WANTS to perform them for US.
No matter how we judge a being, God is further above us than we are above a hill of ants in the yard.
How far would we go to help out an ant?
Who among us would send their son to DIE for a hill of ants?
I absolutely cannot fathom God's love for us.
I am eternaly GRATEFUL for it, but I will never understand it.
In a psychological study when a random sample of male adults were asked to rank themselves on the ability to get along with others, all subjects, 100 percent, put themselves in the top half of the population. Sixty percent rated themselves in the top 10 percent of the population, and a full 25 percent ever so humbly thought they were in the top 1 percent of the population.
In a parallel finding, 70 percent rated themselves in the top one quarter in leadership; only 2 percent felt they were below average as leaders.
Finally, in an area in which self-deception should be hard for most males, at least, 60 percent said they were in the top quarter of athletic ability; only 6 percent said they were below average.
We all think we're tops. We're exuberantly, wildly irrational about ourselves.
I knew a girl who felt that she should do something that had more meaning than her normal day to day routine. I directed her into several charitable outreaches, and she seemed to be a bit reluctant to enter into any of them. She ended up a big sister to a troubled teen, and after a brief period the relationship seemed to dissolve. After several more suggestions, it became apparent what the problem was; she wanted to sit behind a desk and run something, not actually go out and work for something!
Galatians 6:3-4 (KJV);
“For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
James 4:6-10 (KJV);
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
May God grant each one of us the ability to walk in the narrow path that is both self confident and humble.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.