Day 211 – July 30, 2021
Scriptures: 1 Chronicles 19-20, Luke 18
““Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”” (Luke 18:10–14)
Forgive me God, for when I compare myself to others and feel superior. Forgive me for my tendency to feel justified by my actions and accomplishments. I can so easily puff my chest in pride, when I should rather beat it with sorrow and weep over my sin.
Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Let us Humble ourselves and we will be lifted up.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.