Daily Devotional for October 8
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 25:27-28 (KJV):
27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Proverbs 25:27-28 (AMP):
27 It is not good to eat much honey; so for men to seek glory, their own glory, causes suffering and is not glory.
28 He who has no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down and without walls.
Thought for the Day
Verse 27 - Honor and glory are sweet to the soul like honey is to the tongue, but eating too much honey is unhealthy. It is good to receive honor and glory from others when one is deserving of it, but we should not do something simply to enjoy men's praises. Seeking one's own glory can range from boasting or "showing off" to seeking admiration for deeds or possessions. It is motivated by pride, which precedes a fall (Proverbs 16:18). The desire for glory is part of the pride of life. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever" (1 John 2:16-17).
At times it is fitting to honor people for their accomplishments. However, if we are the recipient of those honors, they should be received with a humble heart. We should also remember to give praise to the others who helped us in the accomplishments. We need to acknowledge that if we are able to accomplish anything, it is because God has gifted us with the ability, strength, and desire to achieve those things. The best and brightest of us are prone to weakness and error. Confidence in one's own abilities is a poor foundation upon which to build one's life. It is like the sand upon which the foolish man built his house (Matthew 7:24-27). If we rely on self instead of building upon a foundation of faith in God, we will at some point in life face a situation we cannot handle by ourselves. If our own confidence does not crumble under the attack of the devil in this life, it will crumble in the day of judgment. Only God can defeat the devil's attacks.
Verse 28 - In Biblical times, cities were protected by thick walls. Huge gates were open in the day, allowing for tradesmen to come and go, and shut at night against intruders. Spiritually, each Christian is like a city and our faith in Christ like a strong wall. Our faith will protect us if we practice God's Word. Scripture instructs us to "rule our spirits;" to exercise self-control. Being undisciplined makes us as vulnerable to temptation as a broken city wall is to an army. We need to strengthen our walls so that our "cities" (our inner beings) can grow in Christ. Self-control includes guarding our gates and not permitting ungodliness to enter. If we allow sin to enter, the enemy can torment us.
Jesus Christ is an impenetrable fortress and high tower of safety to which we can run (2 Samuel 22:1-4). He is the one who keeps our hearts sound and steady so that we are able to resist the enemies' attacks. "In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength" (Isaiah 26:1-4).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear Heavenly Father, I am glad that You are that High Tower that we can run into, when we need defense from the enemy of our souls. Lord, keep me from pride and deliver me from all that would offend You. I do appreciate being able to read the Bible and find strength and comfort within its pages. Lord, I acknowledge You as my God and my King. I rely on You, and You alone, and do not put my confidence in my own self, nor any other man. Thank You for protecting me from all of the attacks of the devil. I pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven. None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy. I will speak of thy testimonies ... before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Hebrews 13:6; Romans 8:35-37; Luke 12:4-5; Matthew 5:10-12; Acts 20:24; Psalm 119:46
That Rock was Christ. Simon Peter ... said, Thou art the Christ the Son of the living God. Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Full assurance of faith. Faith without wavering. Faith, nothing wavering ... He that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Psalm 40:2; 1 Corinthians 10:4; Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 4:12; Hebrews 10:22-23; James 1:6; Romans 8:35; Romans 8:37-39