JANUARY 31

 

The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way—Psa.   25: 9.

 

Such a disposition is essential to those who would receive the wisdom which comes from above. They must have a humble appreciation of their own deficiencies and lack of wisdom, else they cannot receive freely, heartily, the wisdom which God is pleased to grant in the present time only to those who are in the attitude of heart to receive it. And it will be seen also that this humility of mind is essential as a basis for the spirit of a sound mind, for who is in a proper condition to think justly, reasonably, impartially, except first of all he have a humble disposition? Hence we must agree that humility is a primary element in the disposition or mind of Christ.

 

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To be teachable, one must be humble. To be taught of God, humility is indispensable: Only those emptied of self can be filled with God; but so emptied, they are prepared to receive knowledge that far transcends the greatest heights of human wisdom, since God Himself will be their great Teacher and His wisdom embraces all things.

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 22: 26; 37: 11; 76: 8, 9; 147: 6; 149: 4; Eccles. 10: 4; Isa. 11: 4; 29: 19; Zeph. 2: 3; Matt. 5: 5, 38-42; 11: 29; 1Cor. 6: 7; 2Cor. 10: 1; Gal. 6: 1; Eph. 4: 1, 2;  Col. 3: 12, 13; 2Tim. 2: 24, 25; 1Pet. 3: 4.

 

Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? How were they met? In what did they result?

 

HOW STRONG AND SWEET MY FATHER'S CARE!

 

1 PETER 5: 7.

 

HOW strong and sweet my Father's care!

The words, like music in the air,

Come answering to my whispered prayer—

He cares for thee.

 

The thought great wonder with it brings—

My cares are all such little things;

But to this truth my glad faith clings,

He cares for me.

 

Yea, keep me ever in Thy love,

 Dear Father, watching from above,

And let me still Thy mercy prove,

And care for me.

 

Cast me not off because of sin,

But make me pure and true within,

And teach me how Thy smile to win,

Who cares for me.

 

O still, in summer's golden glow,

Or wintry storms of wind and snow,

Love me, my Father: let me know

Thy care for me.

 

And I will learn to cast the care

Which like a heavy load I bear

Down at Thy feet in lowly prayer,

And trust in Thee.

 

For naught can hurt me, shade or shine,

Nor evil thing touch me, nor mine,

Since Thou with tenderness Divine

Dost care for me.

 

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