Psalm of the Day: Psalm 68
Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:6-11
We are taught in these verses the perfect knowledge that our Lord Jesus Christ possesses of men's thoughts. We see this in the language used about Him, when the Scribes and Pharisees were watching Him. We read that "He knew their thoughts."
Expressions like this are among the many evidences of our Lord's divinity. It belongs to God alone, to read hearts. He who could discern the secret intents and imaginations of others must have been more than man. No doubt He was a man like ourselves yet without sin. There are other plain texts in Scripture which prove that our Lord was God as well as man. Of such texts the passage before us is one. It shows that Jesus was "God over all, blessed forever" (Romans 9:5).
Let the remembrance of our Lord's perfect knowledge always exercise a humbling influence upon our souls. How many vain thoughts, and worldly imaginations pass through our minds every hour, which man's eye never see! What are our own thoughts at this moment? What have they been this very day, while we have been reading, or listening to this passage of Scripture? Would they bear public examination? Would we want others to know all that passes in our mind? These are serious questions, and deserve serious answers. Whatever we may think of them it is a certain fact that Jesus Christ is hourly reading our hearts. Truly we ought to humble ourselves before Him.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to remember that you know my thoughts. Help my thoughts to glorify you.
Action Plan: Throughout the day today, keep an active tally of which thoughts honor the Lord and which ones do not. When a dishonring thought comes into your mind, what is the best Bible verse and action to counteract it?
This devotional was taken from The Gospel of Luke by J.C. Ryle published in 1858
and adapted by Pastor Tim Lewis of New England Shores Baptist Church.