Devotionals by Dr. John Ankerberg

January 17  

Job 38,  Matthew 12:22-37

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?"  Job xxxviii. 31.

On the very surface lies the lesson of  humility. I trust, brethren, I have no need to say this, for the doctrine before us must have already had an effect upon your minds: while you have been thinking of the power of God, and of your own insignificance, you must have felt bowed down and humbled. It is always dangerous to be useful. It is to be desired above silver, and coveted above fine gold, and yet, when obtained, it has its measure of dangers, for Satan will whisper even if natural pride does not, "What an excellent man thou must be! What qualifications there must be in thee! What glory God gets out of thee!" "See," says the devil, "hundreds saved under you! Believers comforted under you!" and then the foul thought, the wicked thought seeks to build its nest right under the eaves of God's own temple in the heart, "Thou art something after all." But, brethren, we need to be brought back to this, "Thou canst do nothing out of Christ; thou art, apart from Him, a withered bough, to be gathered and cast into the fire."…Oh, this thought, brethren! I feel as if I could not speak of it, for it prostrates me before God, and makes me ask Him never to leave me to myself to think myself something, lest He be angry with me, and use me no more. (C. H. Spurgeon,  Treasury of the Old Testament, Vol. 2, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1962), p. 326)  

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