Daily Devotion: Thursday
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 126:1-6
Wisdom of the Day: Proverbs 5:1-12
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:21-24
We should observe the sovereignty of God in saving sinners. We read that our Lord says to His Father, "You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes." The meaning of these words is clear. There are some from whom salvation is "hidden." There are others to whom salvation is "revealed."
The truth here laid down is deep and mysterious. Why some around us are converted, and others remain dead in sins, we cannot possibly explain. We only know that it is so. We can only acknowledge that the words of our Lord Jesus Christ supply the only answer that mortal man ought to give, "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight."
Let us never forget that God's sovereignty does not destroy man's responsibility. That same God who does all things according to the counsel of His own will always addresses us as accountable creatures, as beings whose blood will be on their own heads if they are lost. We cannot understand all His dealings. We see in part, and know in part.
Let us rest in the conviction that the judgment day will clear up all, and that the Judge of all will not fail to do right. In the meantime, let us remember that God's offers of salvation are free, wide, broad, and unlimited, and that "In our doings, that will of God is to be followed which we have expressly declared unto us in the Word of God." If truth is hidden from some and revealed to others, then we may be sure that there is a cause.
Prayer for the Day: Dear Lord, please help me to trust in your sovereignty.
Action Plan: Since we cannot determine who will be saved, we must simply tell everyone we can. Who are you witnessing to today?
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.