Manna For Today: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Romans 12:3 – For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
God has a remedy for arrogance; it is called divine restraint. Consider the following example of the same:
1. It kept David from avenging himself.
I Samuel 25:39 – So when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be the LORD, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil! For the LORD has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head.” And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wife.
2. It kept Jabez in God’s favor and blessings.
I Chronicles 4:10 – And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
3. It has kept us in our everyday lives.
Psalm 19:13 – Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.
4. It keeps our hearts and lips.
Psalm 141:3 – Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.
5. It keeps us from our enemies.
John 17:15 – I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
Pray today that God’s divine restraint will be active in your life to the end that your growth and progress is not negatively impacted.
Peace and blessings!