Monday, May 8th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 48)
So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. Then he said, 'If now I have found grace in Your Sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.'
Exodus 34:8 (NKJV)
And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the Lord, worshiping the Lord.
2 Chronicles 20:18 (NKJV)
Then David said to all the assembly, 'Now bless the Lord your God.' So all the assembly blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the Lord and the king.
1 Chronicles 29:20 (NKJV)
So Ahab went up to eat and drink. But Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he crouched down on the earth and put his face between his knees.
1 Kings 18:42 (NASB)
Then Ezra blessed the Lord the great God. And all the people answered, 'Amen, Amen!' while lifting up their hands; then they bowed low and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Nehemiah 8:6 (NASB)
At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:10-11 (NKJV)*
The choice of pride versus humility is a Cover-to-Cover Bible theme. The repercussions from each decision are highlighted in dramatic details:
Pride: starting with Satan and God's angels, one third of whom made a choice to rebel, and perhaps ending with God's lukewarm church, which boasted wealth and self-sufficiency.**
Humility: in Abel's offering, given from a humble and thankful heart, (which ignited his brother's anger), ending with Christ and all true disciples, who sacrificed everything for the Lord.***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You, above many other people; you, who are destined to get applause; you, elevated on earthly stages; you, with God's gifts of beauty and talent; you, who are called to be examples... must example humility first. Consider some ways you can do it.
1) Face-to-the-floor reverence for God. Avoid lofty prayers in public.
2) Submission to government rulers. Avoid the arrogance of complaint.
3) Giving your opinion less often. Avoid a know-it-all bossiness.
4) Acceptance of your circumstances. Avoid situational griping.
5) Satisfaction during your wait times. Avoid impatience like a death trap.
6) Appreciation for all your gifts. Avoid envy for what you don't have.
7) Grateful endurance through suffering. Avoid Satan's easy offers out.
To Be Continued...
* Short, referenced article: What does it mean and when will it happen that every knee shall bow? https://www.gotquestions.org/every-knee-shall-bow.html
** Christ's Letter to the Lukewarm Church: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+3%3A14-22&version=NKJV
*** The choices of Cain and Abel: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+4%3A1-15&version=NKJV
*** 'Then Jesus said to His disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it' ' (Matthew 16:45).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.