‘Do not become proud, but fear’ (Romans 11:20)
Christian believers are sometimes tempted to think more highly of themselves than they ought to think; they forget that they are indebted to the free, sovereign, and distinguishing grace of God, for all the difference there is between them and the vilest of the vile.
They should consider that they are still weak, and liable to overcome; foolish, and prone to wander; sinful, and easily influenced; that Satan is strong and determined; subtle and insinuating; malicious and designing; active and persevering; that the world is alluring and ensnaring, treacherous and vain, attracting and deceitful… This would preserve them from being too secure.
A high-minded Christian is sure to be unfruitful, and is generally left to fall. Therefore let him that thinks he stands take care. David fell, Peter fell, and thousands beside have fallen; and they exhort us with groans, sighs, and tears, “Do not become proud, but fear.” “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”
Let us cultivate humility of mind, and habitual dependence upon God; so we shall be safe, holy, and happy.
Jesus, if Thou withdraw Thy hand,
That moment sees me fall;
Oh, may I ne’er on self depend,
But look to Thee for all:
Lead me in all Thy righteous ways,
Make plain Thy path before Thy face.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘MAY. I find that I do not pay sufficient attention to the workings of my own heart.’