TDR: 16 July (1 Peter 5:5)

‘Be clothed with humility’ (1 Peter 5:5)

It is of great importance to have and to cherish correct views of our own littleness and insignificance; of our own vileness and unworthiness; and of our absolute and constant dependence on the mercy of our God. To possess a meek and quiet spirit is of great price in the sight of God. Therefore, may we be humble in all situations:

Considering our sin and how we have grieved the Lord;
Seeing the hand of God working in everything;
Acknowledging Divine providence;
Content with our our lot, and with those things that we have, uniting godliness with contentment;
Looking at the Lord Jesus, what He was in His ancient glory – what He became for us – what He is now – and what we shall soon be with Him.

Humility is the best garment for a saved sinner to wear, for God has said He will look to and live with the humble. He gives grace to the humble. Whoever humbles themselves will be exalted. The Lord Jesus will hear the cry, grant the desire, and save the humble person.

Jesus, from my proud heart remove
The bane of self-admiring love!
Oh make me feel and own with shame,
I less and worse than nothing am,
The least of saints with pity see,
The chief of sinners save, in me!

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

Journal Jottings

‘Since I last wrote the Lord has favoured me with a revival in the church, and his work is still going on. My son James is under training for the ministry; William speaks of Jesus occasionally, and I have dismissed Joseph to assist in forming a new church at High-Wycombe, where he is very active.’