Daily Diary – 3/28/18

Why I Write These:

These are written in honor of my grandfather, Leon Milton Buttermore, who has a memory that I am envious of, and I hope that by doing this I am able to be the kind of man who starts to treasure the things given him.

Daily Highlights:

Godly thought of the day:

Judges 5:25 says: “He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.

I have to admit that at first I didn’t understand why this was significant. An odd detail. But I was reading the cross references and a few commentaries and it does in fact turn out that this is how Abraham greets the Lord back in Genesis 18, and has a few other references in Scripture as a greeting that is favorable.

So, essentially Jael is luring in Sisera and giving him an intoxicating and welcoming drink. He lets his guard drop and is swiftly struck down.

What a reminder this is to me that it is not always a sign of God’s pleasure to receive pleasure. So I should be wary of worldly comforts. It may be that just after I have sipped of that bowl, I shall find my enemies striking me down.

 

Favorite meeting of the day:

I got to meet with a girl this morning for an account and she was excited by what I had to say about employment. I ended up finishing a really rough draft of an article I started writing when I was thinking of blogging for my business more.

I published it here.

Anyways, it is fun. People seem to think I know something, and I truly am grateful that God seems to have given me a mind that operates well. I pray that I use it for him because I have no doubt that if I find it in my heart to not retain knowledge of God, that is a gifting that can easily diminish if the Lord chooses it to be so.

Hardest part of my day:

I don’t know that I felt I had a hardest part of my day. It honestly was a really great day. I felt productive with some work tasks. I felt that I sought the Lord in many interactions. My lesson with youth seemed to go, generally, well. I’m thankful that today didn’t feel “hard” at any singular point.

Favorite moment of the day:

I got to see Sarah after youth tonight. It had been a long day. Again, a good day. But a long day. So it was realy, really nice to see her. She brought a smile to my face and I praise God for that joy he caused. It is a reminder that he is a God who is well disposed towards his people and wants to bless them.

I have no illusions that I have no rights to a relationship. I have no rights to blessings. I have only grace that God gives me good gifts as such will glorify his name. So I want to give him thanks that he brought joy into my life this evening because if I take my eyes off of him, I have no doubt that any joy I could find in a relationship with another individual will soon quickly fade.

What was the weather like today?:

Rain. It’s that kind of week.

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

I didn’t get up and go to the gym this morning. Now, I had a meeting at 7:30 in Springdale this morning. So I’m not sure if this is unfaithful. But my gym and eating habits haven’t been that disciplined this week. So I’m chalking this up to an element where I need to keep my disciplines to help keep walking well before the Lord.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – Ruth 1-4

Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp – No reading for this today

Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.

Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave by Ed Welch – No reading for this tonight.

On the Incarnation by Athanasius – I had never considered this before, but Athanasius ends, generally, on this ringing note that God, through Jesus Christ, has put an end to idolatry and magics and demonic religions. Not totally, but it is actually really, really interesting that since Christ the religious landscape has changed. Yes, we still have “idols” but it is way different than it used to be.

It’s not going to convince anyone that Christ is real to see that. But it is proof that something happened. Some would want to see the Enlightenment and other movements of philosophy as that. Others will see industry as the driving force. But Christ lines up as well as anything and it is in his name that these forces are driven back wherever they run into the name of Christ.

I also appreciated that Athanasius said at the end that anyone who was not willing to seriously look at Scripture and allow it to speak would never see what Athanasius said as true. He knew that if you looked at Scripture expecting it to be wrong, you’d be able to confirm that in the arrogance of your mind. If we are not first given eyes to see and ears to hear by the Holy Spirit, even the most powerful words fall on deaf ears. Let us, then, pray for the Spirit to convict those we wish to bring to salvation of their sin so they may be found among the elect.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – No reading for this tonight.

What was for dinner?:

Same as last night. With sparkling ice water.

Song of the day:

The Walk by Steven Curis Chapman – Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God. Let me not be a man who talks or exposits well. Let me put actions to my words and prove that my speech has power behind it — a power that is not mine.

Quote of the day:

“The fact that our churches are not as unified as they seem they could be indicates that we probably don’t care about unity as much as we ough to.” — Luke Dockery

A bit of paraphrase again, but Luke and I had a long conversation at lunch and it is interesting to think about what church unity looks like. My church is, in many ways, similar to Church of Christ. It is tantalizing to think about what getting people to come under “one banner” if you will would look like, but also seems to be a harder thing to realize than at first glance it should be.

Perhaps this just reveals the broken condition of the world. Perhaps the Lord is revealing his power amidst the weakness and foolishness of denominations. Perhaps we’re just not as committed to Biblical truths as we ought to. But it was a fun topic and I’m grateful to know Luke cares about the Lord’s word. He’s been a great friend to me these past few years. I should tell him that next time I see him.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, give me your eyes to see your glory. Lord, give me your tongue that I might praise you. Lord, give me your ears that I might hear your word. Lord, give me your hands and feet that I might go and walk and serve in a way that proves the living God lives within me and puts to shame all those who come around me.      

Amen.

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