Sunday, September 25, 2011

So High and So Low

We are prone to consider ourselves too busy (with important things, of course), too qualified (we have gifts, training, experience, responsibilities that few others have), too intelligent, to bother with small things.  We exercise ourselves in matters too high for us, thus missing some of the “low”” things God would teach us.  Who are we, anyway?  What is this pride of ours?  Consider Him, “Who sets his throne so high but deigns to look down so low”  (Ps. 113:6).
This is what Love does.  It never considers its own greatness or another’s weakness.  Forgetting itself, it gives freely, and gives and gives and gives again. 

The Music of His Promises by Elisabeth Elliot 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Small Change

We have promised the Lord our loyalty and lifelong obedience, “at any cost.”  We imagine perhaps having to pay the high price of death itself ---losing our loved ones, or losing our own lives in the line of service.  We are not prepared for the “low” costs of the spiritual life, the petty sacrifices we must make daily (according to the wish of another in some simple thing, saying no to ourselves about a piece of cake, for example), if we are to follow faithfully.  We keep the small change in our pockets, as it were, instead of gladly turning it over to Him who can multiply even a widow’s “mite” for blessing.  She who gives is blessed as well as ---no, even more than ---the ones who receive. 
Lord, if I overlook the “pennies” You give me to give back to You, You will never be able to ask me to give You the dollars.  Make me faithful every hour of every day in that which looks trivial a the moment.

The Music of His Promises by Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sit Quietly

Of the two sisters whom Jesus visited often, it seems that Martha was the take-charge one.  Perhaps she was the older. She was the one who made Jesus welcome (Luke 10:38) and felt responsible for the meal, while Mary sat herself down to listen to Jesus.  Martha fretted and fussed.  This called forth a rebuke from Jesus.  Nobody needs to fret and fuss about anything. 
The Israelites were rebuked for “turmoil and tumult and all their restless ways” (Ezekiel 7:11).  It had caused all sorts of abominations--- insolence, injustice, violence.
Pascal once observed that most of man’s troubles resulted from his inability to sit quietly in his room.  It is worth thinking about.  Today’s turmoil and trouble may be seen in God’s perspective if we will take time, go into a room and shut the door, and be quiet before Him.  He is God.  He is in charge.  Be still and know that.

The Music of His Promises by Elisabeth Elliot

Sunday, September 4, 2011


The temptation comes at us daily in some form or other to stand on our so-called rights, to desire to be appreciated for what we think we are, and to be given our “proper” place.  This was what the mother of James and John was looking for---not for herself, but (for a mother this comes to almost the same thing) for her sons.  She asked Jesus to assign them seats in heaven (see Matt. 20).  Jesus answered that the privilege was not His to grant.  He used the incident to teach the lesson we need every day: don’t bother about making the weight of your “authority” felt.  Forget about “who you are.”  Don’t give a moment’s thought to rights if you are in earnest about following Me, for I am the one, remember, who came to serve and to give up---not only My position with the Father, not only all My “rights” and My very glory, but My life.  Do you feel you deserve to be first?   Be a servant.  Give up everything.  Together, then, we will enter into joy!

The Music of His Promises by Elisabeth Elliot