Friday, January 06, 2012

Daily Devotional for January 6, 2012

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals

Psalm 131:1 "Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me."

I'm So Busy!

In our modern society, we are so caught up in being busy that we often "bite off more than we can chew." Everyone is so busy these days! It is almost a badge of honor to be busy, regardless of what you are accomplishing or what consequences may come. That is why I love Psalm 131. It gives perspective to people who do more than they can or should.

Have you ever stopped to think about all of the things that we can do more quickly than people could do a century ago? Instead of having more time, we now can do more which leaves us less time! When microwaves and modern conveniences came out, people believed that we could actually have more free time to spend with family. Instead of washing kids, clothes, and dishes, we can microwave a frozen dinner, eat it on the go, and stay out later. I'm not against modern conveniences, microwaves, or fast food, but these examples remind us of how busy we've become.

Haughtiness, or pride, is a terrible thing in the life of a believer. Pride is thinking more of yourself than you should. More specifically, pride can be thinking more of your abilities than is actually true. In other words, you think that you can accomplish more than you can. How much can you accomplish on your own? The Lord Jesus said, "For without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5)

It is not virtuous to be lazy and never attempting anything great. It's not better to do less! The point is, biting off more than you can chew is a form of pride. Humility is not thinking less of yourself; humility is not thinking of yourself at all. Make the Lord your Source and follow Psalm 131:3, which says, "Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever."

What is it that you are trying today that is bigger than you? Don't live one second trying to accomplish things on your own! Instead, live in the calmness and quiet confidence (verse 2) that come with submission to God. Don't get so busy that you lose the proper perspective!

Prayer Requests:

1. BRR New York City Outreach next week (January 9-13)

2. Services this weekend in Cordova, TN

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