Psalm of the Day: Psalm 127:1-5
Wisdom of the Day: Proverbs 5:13-23
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:21-24
We should observe the character of those from whom truth is hidden, and of those to whom truth is revealed. We read that our Lord says, "You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes."
We must not infer that any people on earth are naturally more deserving of God's grace and salvation, than others. All are alike sinners, and all alike merit nothing but wrath and condemnation. We must simply regard the words as stating a fact.
The wisdom of this world often makes people proud, and increases their natural enmity to Christ's Gospel. The man who has no pride of knowledge, or imagined morality to trust in has often fewest difficulties to get over in coming to the knowledge of the truth. The publicans and sinners are often the first to enter the kingdom of God while the Scribes and Pharisees stand outside.
Let us learn from these words, to beware of self-righteousness. Nothing so blinds the eyes of our souls to the beauty of the Gospel as the vain, delusive idea, that we are not so ignorant and wicked as some, and that we have got a good character which will bear inspection. Happy is that man who has learned to feel that he is "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked!" (Revelation 3:17) To see that we are bad is the first step towards being really good. To feel that we are ignorant is the first beginning of all saving knowledge.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, help me to realize that I am not self-righteous. I am a wicked sinner in constant need of grace
Action Plan: It has been said that in order for a man to be saved, he must first know that he is lost. What does this mean? Find Bible verses that show this to be true.
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.