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DAILY DEVOTIONAL

January 19

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

 

The scripture for today is Proverbs 15:33

 

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.

 

“The fear of the Lord is true humility. Such a state is necessary in order to receive the instruction that can make one wise. In worldly affairs, it is equally true that genuine honor is gained by those who are humble enough to learn from those who have gone before how to climb the ladder of success (see Prov. 18:12; Matt. 23:12; James 4:6). In the example of Christ, humility and suffering came before great exaltation (Phil. 2:5–11; Heb. 12:2; 1 Peter 1:11).” The SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 3, p. 1001

 

“To fill a high place before men, Heaven chooses the worker who … takes a lowly place before God. The most childlike disciple is the most efficient in labor for God. The heavenly intelligences can cooperate with him who is seeking, not to exalt self, but to save souls…From communion with Christ, he will go forth to work for those who are perishing in their sins. He is anointed for his mission, and he succeeds where many of the learned and intellectually wise would fail…The simplicity, the self-forgetfulness, and the confiding love of a little child are the attributes that Heaven values. These are the characteristics of real greatness.” Ellen White, My Life Today, p. 332

 

God’s way of doing things takes us from the position of pride, which is of the devil, to a position of humility where we become fit for God’s service.  It is only from this position that God finds any use for us. “God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.” Martin Luther

 

God bless you as you continue in His service.

Tim