WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL, 2020
THEME: THE PROUD SHALL BE ABASED
PASSAGE: ZECHARIAH 10:1-12
HYMN: MHB 549 “LORD, that I may learn of thee…”
MEMORY VERSE: Zechariah 10:11: “He shall pass through the sea with affliction, And strike the waves of the sea: All the depths of the river shall dry up. Then the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.”
The Assyrians were the consistent enemy of the nation of Israel. They had strong history of war. Often, the Lord left the children of Israel at the mercy of the Assyrians, because of their sins and evil ways. Most times, the Assyrians were used to discipline the children of Israel, but they thought it was their power and influence.
The pride of the Assyrians and the repentance of Israel brought the mercy of God, while He always revisited the Assyrians in their pride. I wonder if the Assyrians knew that the Lord was just using them to discipline His people, to make them come back to their senses and be restored back to the presence of God.
What advantage do you have over others? What do you have that others don’t have? What gift is bestowed on you beyond others? What exceptional opportunity is given to you? Remember this quickly: no one receives anything except it is given from above (John 3:27). Ecclesiastes 9:11 establishes that the race is not for the swift and the battle is not for the strong, but time and chance happen to them. If this is clear to you in the first place then you will not fall to the temptation of pride.
Clearly, the Lord has made it known that He will resist the proud; He will bring down those that put themselves in the position of pride. So, when you enter into pride by whatever you have or whoever you are, you have drawn a battle line between you and God. And of course, you cannot win such a battle. Today repent of your pride and He will lift you up in your humility. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5).
PRAYER: Lord help me to be humble and to continually realize that there is nothing I have, that you did not give me. Let every seed of pride that the enemy has sown in me die in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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