Daily Diary – 4/19/18

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 17:13 says: “And Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.

What a treacherous passage. The Bible does generally indicate that the Lord enjoys blessing his people, even phsyically and temporally in ways. That’s good and highlights how much he cares. But how dare we start assuming that just because we get something, it is always a sign of the Lord’s blessing. Especially when we get something that is contradictory to the will of God as revealed in his word, this should bug us!

This young Levite comes and leaves his assigned lot the Lord has given him and takes up residence in the home for money and comfort, not for any reasoning that has anything to do with the Lord. It’s just so clearly against what God has told people. If we get things and think they are good, but God has explicitly communicated otherwise, we must listen to him.

Also, I am struck by the possessiveness of Micah. He says “my priest” as if priests are not dedicated to the Lord. They are the “Lord’s priests.” We dare not take the faith of our Lord and make it “ours” somehow in a way that creates subsects of the faith that are so personalized they don’t resemble the faith. This man with his carven image and graven idol is so far outside of bounds that this young Levite can only be “his priest” for he certainly is not “God’s priest” at this point.

I can struggle with this. Denominations are a great thing in some regards. I am firmly convicted by my Baptist theological distinctives and I would defend them. But if I make treat those theological distinctives Micah makes this young Levite “my priest.” then I have erred. Those theological distinctives must push me further back towards the revealed will of God and they’re only helpful as much as they push me into God’s word and into his truth! If they ever start becoming the final balm and security of my salvation, I’ve set up a small shrine and started worshipping an ephod and my pastor will be “my priest” and I will be in a dangerous place. My pride is not in my denomination. My pride is in my denomination’s pursuit of the truth that God has revealed to all believers in all God-fearing churches.

Favorite meeting of the day:

I didn’t have a favorite meeting of the day. I only had one meeting and it seems unremarkable to my mind as of now. So it’s been a quite day.

Hardest part of my day:

I took a nap instead of going outside to workout this evening. I’m not sure if that’s unfaithful or not. Thursdays are kind of like my Sabbath these past few months and so rest is great to get on this day! But I also felt sluggish for much of the evening due to that. I also need to keep working out.

Favorite moment of the day:

I went to TBell for dinner and the guy in front of me paid for my food! He was some friendly, smiling black man and he waved at me as he drove away. What a gift. As I drove away, I was just struck by the fact that Christ paid such a far greater debt for me and that should be such a joyous thing for me to contemplate. This man helped me remember what it feels like when we get something we had no business not having to pay for. God gave salvation freely to us through the one whom he loved. Thank you, stranger I shall never know!

What was the weather like today?:

Nice. I got to wear my gray Chubbies shirt and really felt comfy in it! 🙂

Most unfaithful moment of my day:

Today was a welcome reprieve from some of the prior days I have had. I felt very refreshed today. It was a kind of silent day. I had some productive work hours. I watch some T4G. Lig made me cry. That man can do some amazing things with Biblical texts. He is gifted, no doubt. Everyone should watch his T4G talk! I have gotten my Tuesday lesson mostly done and I’m working on the next Tuesday out outline, and have that already outlined in my head at least.

All that to say, it was a restorative day and the Lord was piercing my heart regularly. I found myself moved towards him repeatedly. A good day indeed.

What am I currently reading?:

Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 8 & 9

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 today.

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? by David F. Wells – This was kind of like a history section. Those are hard to read. He throws around names like I know them all! But I have to look up a lot of them. Makes my Google search history look odd, I bet. 😉

But my favorite point was that as people have looked within themselves they have found that the luxury of wealth — particularly immediately gratifying themselves through the wealth they have made — is the desire of society at this point. They want to experience life so they desire adequate wealth to be able to enjoy that.

However, we also have a society that simultaneously does not think it is really their responsibility to work very hard and accumulate that wealth. They think that wealth is an entitlement they are going to be given access to through the normative processes of our society.

So if you have people who want wealth to satisfy cravings and desires, but they don’t want to work for said wealth, then the question becomes; who is going to pay for desires to be satisfied? I think as we look at culture, we do see that we’re writing a lot of checks we won’t be able to cash in on. I sometimes wonder what my children or what I myself even may see our society become and what changes will happen.

At this point, I’m honestly kind of just expecting anything. I trust God will see me through these different things, and trust that the body of Christ will stick together through it. So I’m not scared, but I am curious to see what will happen. Things can’t stay as they are. It’s just not a sustainable society.

On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.

What was for dinner?:

2 5-layer burritos. I hadn’t eaten much for the day, and woke up feeling hungry. I won’t go so far as to say that the man paying for me was a sign of God’s approval. Judges 17, right? 😉 But I will say that I felt closer to God and his joy for the decision, and my calorie count stay relatively low for the day. So I’m satisfied, all things considered!

Song of the day:

Facts are Facts by Steven Curtis Chapman – Fun song. I just enjoyed hearing it again recently.    

Quote of the day:

“The question is not who is my neighbor. The question is, am I a good neighbor?” — Ligon Duncan

Such a good talk. I need to be a good neighbor. It’s not about who is my neighbor. It’s about my faithfulness to the 2nd commandment.

Prayer of the day:

Lord, help me to be a good neighbor. Help me to love you by loving others. May I be concerned about those areas where I have told you that I don’t need to love certain people, or I just don’t even think about who I could be loving. Lord, it’s not about loopholes. It’s about loving. Help break my heart for the brokenness around me. I need you, Lord. Help me to love.           

Amen.

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