Daily Devotional for September 21
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 25:6-7 (KJV):
6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men:
7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.
Proverbs 25:6-7 (AMP):
6 Be not forward (self-assertive and boastfully ambitious) in the presence of the king, and stand not in the place of great men;
7 For better it is that it should be said to you, Come up here, than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whose eyes have seen you.
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Thought for the Day
These verses advise us not to exalt ourselves in the presence of important people, but to take a humble position. Humility is a virtue that we should strive to develop. Assuming honor for ourselves is unwise. It can cause humiliation in front of the people with whom we expected to impress. It is better to be invited to sit in a special place, than to risk taking a seat reserved for another and then be asked to make way for someone in a position of greater importance. Jesus illustrated this principle in a parable: "And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Luke 14:7-11).
Anyone who attempts to exalt himself in front of others will eventually be humbled. Allowing ourselves to become prideful, sets us up for a fall, according to the Word of God. "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud" (Proverbs 16:18-19). Those who think they do not need God are the proudest of all. At some point, all people will come to the end of themselves and face the fact that they are not in control of all of their circumstances. We all need God, since without Him, we face an eternity in hell.
The same scriptures that warn against exalting ourselves, tell us that if we humble ourselves we shall be honored in due season, and recognized by others. "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up" (James 4:10). If we boast of anything, it should be our boast of what the Lord has done for us! Without Him we can do nothing. "My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad" (Psalm 34:2).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you, Lord, for all of the wonderful things You have done for me! I do appreciate each and every one of them. Lord, I do want to always remain humble, not only in Your sight, but in the sight of men, as well. May I have the grace to be a servant to others and not to think of myself more highly than anyone else, as every child of God is important in Your sight. Not one of Your children is more important than another. We are all important, because we belong to You. Help us not to glory in that, but rather be humbled by that fact. I ask this in the name of Jesus, who humbled Himself to endure the cross for each of us. Amen.
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the Lord? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the Lord?
My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand. One pearl of great price. The prince of the kings of the earth.
His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven. The head over all things. He is the head of the body, the church.
His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers. He could not be hid.
His lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh. Never man spake like this man.
His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant. Lord, lift thou up the light thy countenance upon us.
Psalm 104:34; Song of Solomon 2:3; Psalm 89:6; Song of Solomon 5:10; Matthew 13:46; Revelation 1:5; Song of Solomon 5:11; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18; Song of Solomon 5:13; Mark 7:24; Song of Solomon 5:13; John 7:46; Song of Solomon 5:15; Psalm 31:16; Psalm 4:6
Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. He ... became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. In the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Matthew 26:39; John 12:27; John 6:38; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 5:7-8; Matthew 26:53; Luke 24:46-47