Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26th July 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26th July 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26 July 2022 Written BY Dr. Russell L. Meek (Moody Theological Seminary)

TOPIC: BETTER THAN WEALTH

SCRIPTURE:  Proverbs 16

KEY VERSE: Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. –PROVERBS 16:19

MESSAGE

If you were given a choice, would you live in a mansion or a shack? Imagine a sprawling mansion with dozens of rooms, marble columns, a grand spiral staircase at its entrance, and iron gates to guard its doors. The interior rivals anything you see on HGTV. The oneroom shack has no such appeal. Its windows let the cold in, and the floor is dirty and uncarpeted. The floors creak and the faucet drips. It is hard to imagine finding comfort inside the small box-shaped room.

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Proverbs tells me that were I to choose the mansion, I would be utterly foolish. No, it is “better to be lowly in spirit with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud” (v. 19). It is highly unlikely that any of us today will be faced with that sort of decision, but we are faced with similar decisions of the heart on a regular basis. Will we be prideful and haughty, thinking of ourselves more highly than we should (Rom. 12:3)? Or will we recognize who we really are—frail humans utterly dependent upon God for our every need?

Verse 5 says, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.” Solomon (who was wealthy himself) was not saying that every wealthy person achieved their status through taking advantage of others or that every oppressed person is “lowly in spirit.”

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26th July 2022

But these two contrasting images show the stark reality that God’s way and His plans for us are always best. It is better to be oppressed and humble than to be wealthy and proud. That is a difficult truth to believe, let alone live out, but that is exactly the life to which Christ calls us.

>> There are many times when we can choose humility . . . but do we? It is tempting to select the path that elevates us, brings us respect and reward. Ask God to give you a humble heart that is willing to serve outside of the spotlight.

Pray with Us

How does one “choose” humility? As C. S. Lewis has humorously observed, the instant we catch ourselves being humble, we are swelled with pride. Lord, as we choose acts of humility, grant us hearts of humility

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Dr. Russell Meek teaches Old Testament and hermeneutics at Moody Theological Seminary. He is a columnist for Fathom magazine and writes widely for lay and academic audiences about all things Old Testament and its relationship to the Christian life. Russell, his wife, and their three sons live in north Idaho, where you’ll find them gardening, cooking, and exploring the wild.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 26th July 2022

JESUS IS COMING SOON!!!

ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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