Wednesday – September 26, 2018 – Being Able to Receive What You Do Not Deserve.
Romans 9:14-16 (NIV) What then shall we say? Is God unjust? Not at all! 15 For he says to Moses,
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy,
and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”
16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.
A wise man once said, “humility is the ability to receive what you do not deserve.” This has a negative component as well as a positive one. The Bible has many examples of both. Joseph did not deserve to be thrown into a pit or sold into slavery or put in prison. Daniel did not deserve to be thrown into the lion’s den. The three Hebrew children did not deserve to be thrown into the fiery furnace. These three examples started out negatively but ended positively. Each person ended their lives in extremely high positions. God raised them up by pouring out His favor on them. That is something that God chose to do.
Daniel and the three Hebrew children (Read Daniel 3) are good examples of being able to receive the negative result of what their righteous acts did not deserve. Daniel knew that King Darius had passed a law against praying to any god or human being other than himself with the penalty of being thrown into a den full of ravenous lions. All he had to do was to pray in private rather than in the semi-public way he was accustomed to. He chose to open the windows and pray to God three times a day in the direction of Jerusalem. His enemies witnessed this and forced King Darius to enforce the penalty. Daniel was thrown into the den, but God closed the mouths of the lions. When Daniel was brought out of the den, his enemies were thrown in to replace him. All their bones were crushed, while Daniel prospered for the rest of his life. He was honored by both God and man. He was humble enough to honor God and, in the end, God honored him. (Read Daniel 6).
Prayer: Father, thank You for these godly examples and for sending Jesus to die in my place, so I could receive the honor that was due to Him. That happened because He first received the reproach that I deserved.