Daily Devotion for August 11, 2017

Deuteronomy 5:24 NAS

You said, “Behold, the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire”...
Today's devotion is adapted from the writings of Charles Spurgeon...
God's great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory. Any aim less than this would be unworthy of Himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Our own eyes are always glancing towards our own honor. Moreover, we often have too high an estimate of our own powers. While focused on our own honor or our own powers, we are not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord.
It is clear then, that “self” must stand out of the way so there will be room for God to be exalted. This is the reason why He brings His people so often into hardships and difficulties. Through trials and tribulations, we are made conscious of our own folly and weakness, so we may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forward to work our deliverance:
He whose life is one even and smooth path, he will see but little of the glory of the Lord; he few occasions to empty self. Without self emptied, he will have little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God.
He who must navigate little streams and shallow creaks, he knows but little of the God of power and deliverance who sustains and carries him.
He who does business in great waters, in great tempests, he SEES God's wonders! He SEES God's power and love in the darkness, in the deep, and in the violent storm! Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, one learns the power of Jehovah—because he feels the littleness of man...
Heavenly Father, today we thank You for our rough roads: they have given us experience of Your greatness and lovingkindness. Our troubles (allowed by You) have enriched us with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means. Our hardships have been the cleft of the rock in which You have set us, as You set Your servant Moses, that we might behold Your glory as it passed by. Thank you for not leaving us in darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved. In the great fight of affliction, we have been lovingly capacitated (by You) to behold Your amazing glory and SHINE FOR YOU EVEN MORE!

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