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Today’s Scripture – June 10, 2017

Luke 1:46-55 (NIV) And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”

If a person only read the first four verses of Mary’s inspired poem, they might come to the conclusion that Mary’s focus was all on herself. But the fact is, it was her recognition of the miracle that God was including her in that inspired the whole chain of thought. When someone sees the miracles that God is doing in their own lives for what they are, they can suddenly see beyond that to other ways and other places that God has worked and is currently working.

In Mary’s case, she recognized fully that she wasn’t anyone special that God should have chosen her. Instead, His selection of her to bear His Son was an act of grace, enabled by her wholehearted devotion to Him. In this one act, God had pulled her of the obscurity in which 99.99% of the people in the world live and die, and had given her a key role to play in His redemptive plan.

But in the midst of this realization, she also realized that God had always worked His plan of redemption through the lives, not of the rich and powerful, but of the non-descript and ordinary who had given their hearts to Him. Often He raised these devoted people from obscurity to high position, like Joseph the son of Israel and King David. But at the time that His call was placed on their lives, they were just normal people living out normal lives.

Mary could see that, through both her own pregnancy and that of Elizabeth, God was remembering and fulfilling the promises He had made to His people to restore them and to bless them. The two of them were not only living in the times of fulfillment, they, as humble and unassuming as they were, had been given key roles to play in that fulfillment.

Even today God is at work in the world setting people free. And even today He tends to work,  not through the rich and powerful, whose lives are often full of thier own agendas, but through the lowly and meek, the nobodys, who are humble and completely devoted to Him. Through them, God is currently changing the shape of people’s lives around the world, transforming not only their own personal futures, but actively transforming whole societies through their lives.

Father, Your ways are so different than ours, but Your ways result in transformation, while ours are so much less powerful and effective in making the positive changes we want to see. Help me, as one of Your people, to yield myself entirely to You, to never seek out the world’s approval, but only Yours; to never follow the world’s path to success, but to be willing and open to whatever You call on me to be and to do. Amen.

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Today’s Scripture – August 17, 2016

Matthew 5:5 (NIV) Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

The meek, the kind, the considerate, have frequently been written off as those who will ultimately fail, while the aggressive, the proud, and the go-getters have been held up as those most likely to succeed.  In the realm of the natural world, there is some truth to this paradigm.  After all, in a contest between a lion and a lamb, there is little doubt as to who will come out on top.

But in God’s kingdom, things operate on a different paradigm altogether.  In God’s kingdom it is not the strong and ruthless that God supports, but those who are completely submissive to His will and who follow His commands fully.  This can easily be seen in the history of the kings who ruled over God’s people.  Those who trusted in their own strength and their own intelligence to figure out what to do ended up without God’s support or guidance.  On the other hand, those who turned to God in every trouble, even though they were as strong and as clever, and who followed God’s commands were the ones who were given peace and plenty.

But there is more here than just a difference of attitude.  Those who are self-reliant tend to look to their own resources first when trials come, and not to look to God until they have run out of all other options.  By that time, they have usually gone far outside of God’s will in the situation, leaving no easy path back.  But the ones that God can grant success to are the meek, the humble, those who turn to Him first in any situation.  They are the ones that He can steer through every trap, the ones that He can share His wisdom with so that they walk exactly in line with His plans.

God has a plan for everything, even the “small stuff” that comes into a person’s life.  What God is working to create out of every one of His people is not someone strong and clever enough to stand on their own, but someone who is just as humble and completely reliant on God as Jesus Himself was (cf. John 5:19).

Father, it’s interesting that we tend to view spiritual maturity in much the same way as we do physical maturity – greater independence and autonomy.  But Your ways (as always) are exactly the opposite.  Those who are the most spiritually mature are those who have grown into complete dependence on You, so that we look to You, listen to You, and follow You completely every moment.  Help me to grow more and more like Jesus in this way, too.  Amen.

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Today’s Scripture – May 14, 2013

Matthew 5:5 (NIV):  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

 

The meek have always been and will always be the ones who will inherit the earth.  But the meek are not those normally depicted by society as the meek. The common caricature of meekness is the doormat, the one who never speaks up, who is timid and shy.  But true meekness is worlds different than that!  True meekness is total submission and total obedience to God and His will.  The meek are those like Noah, who boldly spoke God’s word to a doomed world while building the ark that would protect Him from God’s wrath.  They are those like Moses who stood in God’s very presence and delivered His words to the people of Israel, leading them to the land they would inherit.  They are those like Elijah, challenging the priests of Baal and Asherah to a showdown on Mt. Carmel.  They are those like John the Baptist, a real fire-and-brimstone preacher, calling out the spiritual elite for their shortcomings and fearlessly confronting kings with their sins.  They are those like Peter and Paul, boldly proclaiming the gospel message, even to rulers and authorities, in spite of beatings and imprisonment.  And, of course, the ultimate example of meekness is Jesus, who would not make a move without His Father’s specific direction, who cast out demons, pronounced God’s judgment on powerful leaders, cast out the money changers, and ultimately died for the people and rose again.

None of these people were “meek” by the world’s standards, but all of them were “the meek”, those fully submissive to God and His will.  And all of them inherited not just the earth, but heaven as well!

 

Father, thank You for this clarity.  Help me to be that kind of meek, starting right now.  I am all Yours, Yours to guide, Yours to direct, Yours to use.  Amen.

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