Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Monday after Jubilate

Posted on April 26, 2021 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Job 38:1-11 (NKJV)
38:1 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2 “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
3 Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me.
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
8 “Or who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb;
9 When I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band;
10 When I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors;
11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop!’
Satan has always taught man to be prideful and self-willed. God, on the other hand, has always taught us to be humble. Pride takes the little bit of knowledge or little bit of power that each of us has and twists it for sinful use. We are tempted to think we are smarter, better, or more powerful than others because we have words or abilities that others don’t have at the moment.
Faithful humility remembers that all good power and all good knowledge come only from the Lord. These things are gifts that He gives according to His divine grace so that we may serve in our given place and time. We have no right to doubt God or exalt ourselves over others. Our problems are not the only problems that matter, and our talents are not the only assets that are serving His will. As God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us, apart from love born from faith, our powers are as nothing.
When God rebukes His people He is trying to teach us faithful humility; and when He teaches us humility He is making us to reflect His beloved Son. As Christ is reflected in our loving service we are blessed by the holy light and wisdom that is given to us in the glorious Gospel of our crucified and risen Savior!
Prayer: Almighty God, who showest to them that be in error the light of Thy truth to the intent that they may return into the way of righteousness, grant unto all them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion that they may avoid those things that are contrary to their profession and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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