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.
Godly thought of the day:
Luke 4:3-4 says: “The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”
Two things. One, the devil’s language is to say “If you are the Son of God…” He does this twice in this passage. There’s not really a serious question from Satan if this is true. Rather, it is kind of a mocking, disbelieving, provoking question to try and rile Jesus up. I was struck by how often I might do this. I may say, “God, if you’re really sovereign, then show up and make something happen.” But the question isn’t if a sovereign God will show up. It’s how will he show up and will I appreciate it when he does. When we see people like Moses and Gideon put out their excuses and fleeces, God deals with it patiently but that doesn’t mean it is a great model for faithfulness. To say “If…” is to sound like the devil himself.
Secondly though, look at Jesus. He is so, so strong. He has been out here for 40 days. Satan comes to him and tempts him. He doesn’t do any of the usual tips or tricks we might tell people to do. He doesn’t try to cajole himself into a mood of some kind of chipper joy before he can be faithful. He doesn’t sit down and ponder what God’s will is. He doesn’t pause and wonder if this is worth it. He just answers. He answers beautifully with Scripture. He answers confidently. He answers. And it is his intimate knowledge of God’s word, of course he is this Word incarnate so Jesus has a leg up on all of us here, and his firm trust in it is what keeps him from trace or stain of sin.
Favorite meeting of the day:
Got to have breakfast with Mario Moore today. That was fun and it was good to sit down and encourage and be encouraged. Hopefully there was some productive talks on race and the church and where things can go from here. He’s a dear brother and he gave me good counsel on some topics that are at play in my life.
Hardest part of my day:
Just feeling generally low energy and sick. I got sunburned over Memorial Day weekend. That’s kind of had me low energy all day.
Favorite moment of the day:
Today felt like a malaise. I’m not sure what my favorite part about it was. Maybe just the general fact that I have a job that allows for some rest to be a part of it. I got work done, but also am getting good rest that is allowing me to recover from the sunburn and lethargy that has come with that. I really thought I used enough sunscreen. But I’ll need to do better in the future.
What was the weather like today?:
It was sunny with a high of ’75. Okay, so that’s quoting Relient K. It was warmer than that, I believe. Nothing really noteworthy about the weather. I am realizing this section of my blog will most the time be nondescript, but do think this will be a worthwhile section for those days where I see things in nature truly remarkable.
Most unfaithful moment of my day:
Not getting to the gym. I told myself I’d go in the morning. I didn’t. I told myself I’d go in the evening. I didn’t. I need to make sure I’m getting there. Although with ultimate I am getting more workouts in that way, but that doesn’t mean I should lose all discipline in the other days of the week.
What am I currently reading?:
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 1-5
Church History by Eusebius – No reading for this today.
On the Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther – No reading for this today.
Holiness by J.C. Ryle – No reading for this today.
What Is The Gospel by Greg Gilbert – Basic Gospel outline. I am now moving into the latter part of the book after he outlines the 4 basic parts of it and I assume he’ll expound more on it. I got chills when he quoted Luke and the angels say, “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Ooooh. What a cool moment! I should read that more often.
What was for dinner?:
Some of the students bring pizza regularly to youth. I got a few slices of that and a breadstick after fasting most the day.
Song of the day:
Tis So Sweet by Jadon Ladvik – Thinking on the theme of not questioning God, God has been proven o’er and o’er in my life. I have no need to wonder if he is the Son of God. I know he is. And it is sweet to know this.
Quote of the day:
“I was collecting pictures of a guy who shot a ball. Then I bought a magazine that told me how much the picture of the guy with the ball was worth. It’s so stupid!” — Guy Wilcox
Guy always has entertaining things to say, and I’d never thought about how silly it is that people collected playing cards. Do people still do this? If so, it really is kind of an odd thing.
Prayer of the day:
Oh Christ, you are the Son of God. You have proven this by the way you lived your life, you have proven it by the resolve you had to face a death on a cross that you did not deserve whereby you became a curse for us to lift the curse from us. You have proven it through the Father accepting the goodness and holiness of your sacrifice and raising you from the dead and seating you in power at his right hand. Lord, help me to trust in your word as quickly, intimately, and authoritatively as you did. Give me, through your Spirit, the grace to not hesitate, to not have to conjure up some false emotion, to not ponder your will when it has already been revealed. Help me simply to answer with confidence and with clarity so that evil might be rebuked and your kingdom shown to be one of power and authority over all the world.