Daily D – 1 Corinthians 4:4
1 Corinthians 4:4
“My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.” (NLT)
“For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” (ESV)
“I’m not aware of anything that would disqualify me from being a good guide for you, but that doesn’t mean much. The _Master_ makes that judgment.”
Kenny Loggins sang the theme song from the movie Caddyshack. It appears to be the theme song of lots of people today. It’s entitled, I’m Alright.
A friend told me yesterday about a man he is related to who does everything wrong and gets nothing but wrong results but insists he and Kenny Loggins are right and everyone else is mistaken.
Willful delusion is so delusional.
It’s easier, isn’t it, to see delusion in others and overlook it in ourselves? The Apostle Paul had a clear conscience, he said. However, he knew enough about himself to know that didn’t mean he was right. He had thought he was right before when he was persecuting the church. His conscience was clear right up to the moment Jesus knocked him on his back where the only way he could look was up. And then he couldn’t even look up. (See Acts 9.)
Here’s an important prayer: Jesus, where do I think I am right but am wrong? What is my best next step?
This is not an easy prayer. We (I) may be tempted to tiptoe around it, but knowing God’s love, grace, and mercy for what it is and for what it does, I can pray this prayer with the full assurance that he will not only correct me but empower me for what’s better and best.
We can give ourselves a tremendous gift today. We can stop living self-deluded lives. We can begin to see ourselves and others as Jesus sees them. It happened for Paul. It can happen for us.
I will seek God’s healing for my delusion.
Our Father, where do I think I am right but am wrong? What is my best next step? Please correct me and redirect me. Open my eyes to clear reality and endless possibility. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.