For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence. Isaiah 3:8
…defying his glorious presence…only leads to loss. Obstinately disregarding God’s presence is a horrible thought. Yet isn’t that what I do when I yield to sin or walk in my own wisdom? Throughout Israel’s journeys God was evident to them (Ex. 40:38). His glory was intense (1 Kings 8:10–11). Is not God sufficiently revealed to me today? Though his nearness is the hope they ought to cherish, they didn’t. Do I?
We do not need the grace of God to withstand crises— human nature and pride are sufficient for us to face the stress and strain magnificently. But it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours of every day as a saint, going through drudgery, and living an ordinary, unnoticed, and ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. – Oswald Chambers
But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21
Lord, sometimes I really don’t have the right to call you that. Through my speech and actions I despise you. I repent of that and desire to be a man of prayer, keeping myself in your love and eagerly waiting for your return. Keep me from defying you.