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Thought for the day
God lifts up the humble
He thrust the Arabic Bible back at my friend.
“This is nonsense,”
He had seemed so friendly at first. My friend was at a loss.
The passage that enraged the young man was 1 Samuel 2:8: ‘He lifts the poor from the dust and the needy from the garbage dump. He sets them among princes, placing them in seats of honour.’
“That’s not nonsense,”
my friend said.
“It is the Gospel.”
In Romans 13:7, Paul says: ‘Give to everyone what you owe them: … if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour.’
In many cultures this elicits a loud 'Amen'. That it is right to show honour to those whom it is due is just so obvious.
The fact that God would show his favour to the unworthy, that he would lift up lowly and seat them with princes – that is shocking.
It needs to be experienced to be believed.
Prayer for the day
Lord, open our eyes to the fullness of your Gospel and teach us how to share it with all.
As you read scripture, look for references to honour and shame. Reflect on the strength of feeling behind them.
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