Psalm of the Day: Psalm 89:11-21
Wisdom of the Day: Job 11:11-20
Scripture Reading: Luke 7:24-30
We read that "The Pharisees and Scribes rejected the counsel of God against themselves."
The meaning of these words appears to be simply this: they rejected God's offer of salvation. They refused to avail themselves of the door of repentance which was offered to them by John the Baptist's preaching. In short, they fulfilled to the very letter the words of Solomon, "You have rejected all my counsel, and would have none of my reproof." (Proverbs 1:25.)
That every man possesses a power to ruin himself forever in Hell is a great foundation truth of Scripture, and a truth which ought to be continually before our minds. Impotent and weak as we all are for everything which is good and we are all naturally potent for that which is evil. By continued unbelief, the love and practice of sin, pride, self-will, laziness, and love of the world will bring upon ourselves everlasting destruction! And if this takes place, we shall find that we have no one to blame but ourselves.
God has "no pleasure in the death of the wicked." Christ is "willing to gather" men to His bosom, if they will only be gathered (Matthew 23:37). The fault will lie at man's own door. Those who are lost will find that they have "lost their own souls" (Mark 8:36).
What are we doing ourselves? This is the chief question that the passage should suggest to our minds. Are we likely to be lost or saved? It is a painful thought that the Pharisees are not the only people who "reject the counsel of God." There are millions of people called Christians who are continually doing the very same thing.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, am I a real Christian.
Action Plan: According to the Bible, how can I know for sure I am saved? What are the evidences of salvation? Are they in my life clearly?
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.