Good morning, Father. It is good to have this time, in the quiet of the early morning hours – just me and You. Help me to listen and learn, for there is no better teacher than You.
Matthew 6:1-4 (<<click the green)
Sometimes it’s hard to do something nice for someone and keep it a secret. Now sometimes the recipient will know but sometimes we are just so proud of ourselves we want to toot our own horn, as the saying goes.
In this passage, Lord, You admonish us to “Watch out!” when it comes to doing our “good deeds publicly, to be admired by others”. When we do so that is our reward and we forfeit the reward You would give us. Now, I truly have no idea what that reward would be but is there anything this world has to offer us that can hold a candle to what You have to offer us, Lord?
It’s interesting knowing a little of the background of this passage – it’s a bit of knowledge I picked up from a wonderful man of God that I had the privilege of serving under several years ago. The “trumpets in the synagogues” were receptacles for offerings and for some of those able to give generously it was probably a great temptation to throw in a handful of coins letting anyone in the vicinity know that they had made a sizeable donation.
Lord, what is my motivation for doing and giving? Is my goal to receive praise for myself? Or am I striving to point others to You? May I be diligent in doing all I can do but help me be equally as diligent in not doing it for my glory. I don’t want to be guilty of tooting my own horn! Your rewards are worth waiting for!
Nov 28th, Tues, 6:32 am
What a nice day it has been, Father! Thank You for Your hand it all of it!
Revelation 1:10-11(<<click green)
It began just like any other Lord’s Day, I am sure. John, being in exile, probably didn’t have anyone else with which to worship. And as we tend to do as we get older, he probably had got himself into a routine. I can imagine him sitting quietly, eyes closed, maybe with his hands folded in his lap. Normal…peaceful…quiet…and then BAM! – the stillness is shattered by a voice so loud that John compares it to “a trumpet blast.”
I learned to play the trumpet in 5th Grade and played a brass instrument of some sort through my freshman year in college and from experience I can say, it is not known for its quietness! For many years brass instruments have played a prominent role in the military life. I checked out the Army Music website and there is a daily sequence of 25 potential bugle calls! (I clicked on several of them and surprisingly I knew many of them.) Trumpet blasts get our attention! And that is what the “Son of Man” did.
Lord, You quickly got John’s undivided attention and Your voice itself resounded like a trumpet blast – ATTENTION! You had a very important task for him and You had no intention of him missing a single bit of information. You had a message for “the seven churches” and John was going to make sure it got to where it needed to get to!
Lord, often we are timid about communicating Your directives. Much of the time we are quiet when we should be proclaiming Your message with great vim and vigor! People all around us are dying without knowing who You are. We cannot hold back. May we be forward! May we boldly proclaim Your salvation! May we parlay Your word with a mighty “trumpet blast” for all to hear – ATTENTION! May we not let You down!
June 14th, Wed, 10:51 pm