Sunday, March 5, 2017

Humility: learning from the wilderness

Morning: Psalm 63:1-11, 98; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; I Corinthians 1:17-31
Evening: Psalms 103; Mark 2:18-22
The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness to learn humility, to discover that bread alone does not sustain life … obedience to God’s ways is what brings life. Human strength and wisdom distract us from God.  Jesus himself came in humility, not what we typically look for in a leader. He showed that humility is strength, the very strength we need. In the 8th or 9th century, Hesychius, a Christian abbot in Sinai, the same wilderness where the Israelites had wandered centuries before, wrote: “The first human sin was arrogance,” or, thinking we can get by without God.


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