Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 6, 2017

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, honor and life.”

Today’s devotion comes from Lamentations 3:25-32.

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent
Since He has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust,
Perhaps there is hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
31 For the Lord will not reject forever,
32 For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.”  Lamentations 3:25-32.

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You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders;  and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  1 Peter 5:5.

As a Potter molds clay, the LORD molds His elect. 

The LORD starts with the proud and conceited and wild clay of a young man and creates the humble and respectful and peaceful clay of a man useful to the service of the LORD.   

Or more simply, the LORD takes a young buck and tames him.

The young buck may resist and rise up and thrash about, but the LORD is patient.

Today’s Scripture encourages those who bear the yoke of discipline in their youth to be still and be silent and to endure and accept the training and discipline.

Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”  Psalm 32:9-11.

And, there is the hope of reward for such endurance and acceptance of the training and discipline.

It will not last forever.

For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.  All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful;  yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.”  Hebrews 12:10-11.

“For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.”  Verse 32.

“The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches, honor and life.”  Proverbs 22:4.


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