Topic: In Seeing Our True Condition, We Can Only Humble Ourselves Before the Almighty.
Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who ambut dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord:
Daily Reading Plan
(NIV) – 27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,
(NLT) – Then Abraham spoke again. “Since I have begun, let me speak further to my Lord, even though I am but dust and ashes.
(MSG) – Abraham came back, “Do I, a mere mortal made from a handful of dirt,
Thoughts of Devotion:
This morning we observe one of the qualities that stood out from Abraham, one of the patriarchs of the old testament; It was not only his great faith, but his example of humility! When we read his story we see that he was a great man; In his time he was considered as someone of great prestige and powerful among nations. The blessing was evident in his life, as we read in Genesis 24:35, “The Lord has blessed my master greatly, and he has become great; and He has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.” Abraham never allowed the prosperity, greatness, and blessing of God to make him a proud and arrogant person.
On the contrary, Abraham always showed immense humility before God. This is very evident as we read this portion of Genesis 18:27. That he saw himself, not as a great and powerful man, but as a simple man, only a human formed from the dust of the earth. It reminds me of the portion of Isaiah 64: 8 where it tells us, “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” At the end of the day he was only mud, formed by the hands of its Creator, the Almighty God!
On this morning, how do we see ourselves before the Almighty God? I believe that we should never lose perspective of our condition before God, especially when we are blessed or have in abundance! It is important in those moments to remember who we really are before God. In Psalm 8:4 he tells us, “What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” The answer remains the same, dust and ash! This morning, as we approach prayer before his throne, let us come with an attitude of humility and brokenness, only then will we be taken care of by Almighty God!
Job 30:19 (NKJV) – 19 He has cast me into the mire, And I have become like dust and ashes.
Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”
Genesis 2: 7 (NKJV) – 7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Job 34:15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.
Ecclesiastes 3:20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.
Ecclesiastes 12: 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.
Job 42: 6 (NKJV) – 6 Therefore I abhor myself,And repent in dust and ashes.”
Psalm 8: 4 (NKJV) – 4 What is man that You are mindful of him,And the son of man that You visit him?
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