“The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.” Isaiah 2:17
“Pride,” says the son of Sirach, “was not made for man.” “Everyone,” says Solomon, “that is proud in heart, is an abomination to the Lord.” Yet what is more common than pride and self-righteousness among the fallen children of Adam? So deeply are they engrafted in our corrupt natures that nothing short of almighty grace can root them up.
- It is the great design and effect of the blessed gospel, wherever it is applied to the heart by the Spirit of God, to mortify these fatal evils. In that day:
- The haughtiness of man (his self-will, which he set up in opposition to the will of God) shall be brought down.
- His self-righteousness, by which he thought to recommend himself to the favor of God, shall be made low.
- Christ, and His righteousness alone, shall be exalted.
Has this precious promise ever been fulfilled in your experience, O my soul?
- Is the will of God your rule?
- Is the righteousness of Christ your hope?
- And is the language of your heart and life?
“Let God in all things be exalted in me and by me, through Christ Jesus!” Without this, O my soul, your profession is vain; your faith is also vain. You have exalted yourself in the place of your Lord, and your righteousness and your confidence are founded on the sand; and so sure as this is the case, the Lord will have a controversy with you and bring you down.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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