Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Friday, November 15, 2019
This is devotional thought number 48 in our devotional series titled, “Power!”
“That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:31
The Lord has a way of making Himself abundantly clear so no one need be confused. When He wants to get a point across, He does extraordinary things. He defies natural processes. He goes beyond human reasoning. The Lord is above all.
Think of some of the things God did in Bible times to separate Himself from the crowd. He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son that we might be saved. He moved the sun back ten degrees for Hezekiah. He overcame Jericho through marching Israelites and sounding trumpets. He overcame the proud Philistine Goliath, with a smooth stone in the hands of a shepherd boy. He separated the Red Sea through the staff of Moses to allow the Israelites to pass over on dry land. Perhaps the most incredible thing God did was devise a plan to empower us to be born of the Spirit. God’s demonstrative resume is quite impressive. One thing is certain. None of the things that He has done can be duplicated by human beings. He has proven beyond all reasonable doubt that He is God all by Himself.
There were many in Paul’s day who esteemed their human wisdom to be noteworthy. They worshipped their own abilities. God demonstrated through the foolishness of preaching that salvation and high godly status came only through Christ. Those who esteemed themselves above God considered godly things foolish. In turn, God chose the foolishness of this world to confound the wise. Jews required a sign and Greeks required human wisdom in order to believe in Jesus, but God gave no such signs. God did not resort to our wisdom to make Himself known.
In order to reveal His power to save, and love for humankind, God gave us salvation through Christ. As a result, He became our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. If anyone wants to glory, let them glory in the Lord. In Him, there is no room for self-worship.
Thank the Lord for giving us the most incredible blessing imaginable in which to glory. It is much more satisfying giving Him the praise, because He alone is worthy.
You can listen to Pastor Harris speak on this topic in greater detail by listening to our podcast Message Daily by clicking on the link here: https://anchor.fm/messagemagazine/episodes/Glory-in-The-Lord-e8v3e3.