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February 1, 2022 7:00 pm
“Keep your hands behind your back. You’ll be fine.” That’s the loving admonition Jan’s husband always gave before she ventured off to speak to a group. When she found herself trying to impress people or seeking to control a situation, she’d adopt this posture because it put her in a teachable, listening frame of mind. She used it to remind herself to love those before her and to be humble and available to the Holy Spirit.
Jan’s understanding of humility is rooted in King David’s observation that everything comes from God. As David said to God, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing” (Psalm 16:2). David learned to trust God and seek His counsel: “Even at night my heart instructs me” (v. 7). He knew that with God next to him, he’d not be shaken (v. 8). He didn’t need to puff himself up because he trusted in the mighty God who loved him.
As we look to God each day, asking Him to help us when we feel frustrated or to give us words to speak when we feel tongue-tied, we’ll see Him at work in our lives. We’ll “partner with God,” as Jan says; and we’ll realize that if we’ve done well, it’s because God has helped us flourish.
We can look at others with love, our hands clasped behind our backs in a posture of humility to remind us that everything we have comes from God.
For joining us for today's edition of the daily devotional any the same time and count today's reading from the past year keep your hands behind your back you'll be fine. That's the loving admonition.
Jan's husband always gave before she ventured off to speak to a group when she found herself trying to impress people are seeking to control the situation to adopt this posture because it put her in a teachable listening frame of mind she used it to remind yourself to love those before her and to be humble and available to the Holy Spirit. Jan's understanding of humility is rooted in King David's observation that everything comes from God.
In Psalm 16 David said to God, you are my Lord. Apart from you. I have no good thing he learned to trust God and seek his counsel even at night. My heart instructs me. He knew that with God.
Next to him. He cannot be shaken. He didn't need to puff himself up because he trusted in the mighty God who left him.
As we look to God each day, asking him to help us when we feel frustrated or to give us words to speak when we feel tongue-tied will see him at work in our lives will partner with God as Jan says, and will realize that if we've done well it's because God has helped us flourish. We can look at others with love our hands clasped behind our backs and a posture of humility to remind us that everything we have comes from God. Today is Our Daily Bread Scripture passage is Psalm 16 keep me safe. My God, for in you. I take refuge, I say to the Lord, you are my Lord. Apart from you. I have no good thing I say of the holy people who are in the land. They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight, those who run after other gods will suffer more and more I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods are take up their names on my lips. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup. You make my lot secure the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places. Surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord who counsels me even at night. My heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord with him that my right hand I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices. My body also will rest secure because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
You make known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Let's pray. Loving God, our hearts are glad in our times rejoice, you created the world and all that is within it. You love us and you want to use us for your glory. Help us to look to you for strength and help as we serve you this day. We pray in the name of Jesus, then. Thanks for listening. I may be good shape IN today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries