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Thursday, August 23, 2018
This colorful wooden Ferris wheel is filled with flowers with the big Ferris wheel
in the background at Knoebels Park near Elysburg, Pennsylvania
Message summary: Let us resist pride and clothe ourselves in humility, in whatever way God chooses to bring that about!
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"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love" (Ephesians 4:2).
We serve as chaplains at JK Mechanical, a local company which installs and services air conditioning. Air conditioning is one of the blessings of modern life and a comfort feature unknown till some 100 years ago when Willis Haviland Carrier invented it. We may think of air conditioning primarily as cooling air but a key function in a properly operating system is removing humidity. Comfort is impacted by both heat and humidity.
We've had a lot of rain, possibly the highest on record for our area, so humidity is very present this last month in our region. The other day we were out and it felt like a sauna. It was so humid I needed to take a shower after taking a shower!
Often when a weather report is given the announcer will give both the temperature and humidity. One morning Brooksyne was listening to WDAC, our local Christian radio station, as the Mike, the morning announcer gave a brief weather update. After giving the temperature he added "and we have 75% humility". He immediately recognized his misspeak and corrected the word to "humidity", but then made a quip about the Bible saying we should be completely (100%) humble. And based on the daily text he was right! "Be completely humble."
There's an interesting verse in Numbers 12:3, "(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)" Since Moses is recognized as the writer of the first five books this seems rather proud to claim you're the most humble! That's why many versions place this text in parenthesis and it is assumed a later editor added this.
The Biblical standard for humility is not 50% or 75% but 100%. Notice in the first daily Scripture text Paul writes, "Be completely humble". This is an aspiration that I suppose few of us have attained. Are any of you reading this completely humble? Actually it seems to me that anyone making such a claim would be proud of their humility thus negating being completely humble! A Bible college professor once stated, 'Humility is a virtue, that once you think you've got it, you've lost it".
The apostle Peter wrote, "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" (1 Peter 5:5). Let us resist pride and clothe ourselves in humility, in whatever way God chooses to bring that about!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, none of us are 100% humble since we are clothed in these mortal, fallible bodies. But we do know that Jesus is the model of One completely humble in His humanity though supreme in His divinity. He did not consider equality with You, our Father, something to be grasped but took on His personhood as a man and became obedient to death, even death on the cross. We look to Jesus as the supreme example of humility, obedience, and sacrifice. As we clothe ourselves in Your righteousness we will resist pride that is ever before us. Expressing an attitude of humility and thankfulness is the daily antidote for resisting haughtiness and ingratitude. When we acknowledge that everything we have and all that we are is due to Your merciful blessings we are humbled and grateful to You, the Giver of every good and perfect gift. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Humble Thyself in the Sight of the Lord" Video Maranatha Singers
"I Stand Amazed" Video Homecoming Singers This video is set in an old-time tent revival service.
The Pleasant View Community Chorus of Manheim and the Calvary Church choir will present a remake of the Old-Fashioned Revival Hour radio broadcast in a presentation in the Calvary Church auditorium (here) on Sunday, August 26, at 3 p.m.
The audience is invited to sing along with the choir on familiar songs from a bygone era. Brooksyne would really enjoy your coming to participate and since I'm a greeter I might get a chance to greet you at one of the doors. (I've never been asked to sing in a choir thus far in my ministry but I do enjoy greeting folks, so I'm happy to serve in that capacity.)
Admission is free, and tickets are not required. For more information, readers may call 717-509-6249.
"The Baptism of Jesse Taylor" Video Guy Penrod and Gaither Vocal Band A story about a changed life! (We are looking forward to hearing Guy Penrod in a concert in Lebanon this coming Sunday evening. See here for info.)
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