Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful day today. Tomorrow is hump day, we’re almost through. I pray that God bless you this week, at work or at school. If you remember the passage from yesterday, it was Psalm 75:6.
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. Psalms 75:6-7 KJV http://bible.com/1/psa.75.6-7.KJV
What a powerful verse. I hope you really think through the study questions from yesterday. I won’t add more questions today. To keep this post short and sweet, let’s read the verses before and after this to get the context for this promise of God. The two verses before:
“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not deal boastfully,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn. Do not lift up your horn on high; Do not speak with a stiff neck.’ ” Psalms 75:4-5 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.4-5.NKJV
The verses after:
For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, And the wine is red; It is fully mixed, and He pours it out; Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth Drain and drink down. But I will declare forever, I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, But the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.” Psalms 75:8-10 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.8-10.NKJVPsalms 75:8-10 NKJV http://bible.com/114/psa.75.8-10.NKJV
When read in context this verse is more of a warning than a promise. It essentially says not to get haughty. Don’t stick your chest out with pride everywhere you go. Don’t seek to be seen or heard because of your pride. Remember that your promotion– your success comes from the Lord. Not from this world. Give God raise for what you have and be thankful to Him always. If you are wicked and boastful, watch out because God will bring you down to size. It’s amazing to remember that our whole world is in His hands, but we also have to remember that we are accountable to Him for our actions. If we’re wicked or boastful, we put ourselves in danger when we forget that God is the source of our blessings and success. He has no problem reminding us who is boss. Instead of questions, I have a couple action items for you.
- Pray for mercy if you’ve been cocky or haughty. Repent to God for turning your back on Him and thinking you could do things on your own. We have all fallen short in this area at some point in life.
- Determine to be humble. Read verses on humility and go out of your way to bless and serve others.
- Get accountability. Confess if you’ve hurt someone with your prideful attitude, or if you’ve caused distance in a relationship because of your attitude. Talk to a friend who can check you if you sound too high and mighty or talk too highly of yourself.
- Spend time praising the progress, growth, or accomplishments of others, especially of those that you’ve put down in the past.
I’ll be praying for us all as we go through this study. 3 days left. Please take the time. I promise you, I believe God will take us to a whole new level if we stick to our commitment to Him. Promise to give Him this time and finish the study. I know you will not regret it!