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Devotional - week of April 29, 2001


AT PEACE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS

Lord, I have given up my pride and turned away from my arrogance. I am not concerned with great matters or with subjects too difficult for me. Instead, I am content and at peace. As a child lies quietly in its mother’s arms, so my heart is quiet within me.  Psalm 131:1-2 

The psalmist indicates his belief that his inner discontent and feverish spirit were the result of his pride. His testimony is that freedom from pride results in inner contentedness.

 

Throughout this series of devotionals, we have maintained that the sin nature which Adam brought into the human race is the attitude that we are wise. Another term for such an attitude is pride. We think we know what is best for us—and for others.

 

We would do well to interpret our own restlessness and sense of discontent as being the result of our own pride. And this pride pushes us to pursuits that are not in God’s will for us.

 

When we understand that our sin nature was crucified when we received Jesus as Lord and Savior, we are moving in the direction of freedom. When we experience the crucifixion of our sin nature, we are released from that inner discontent.

 

We can be as little children at peace in the arms of Jesus if we will experience our crucifixion by obeying the five commands of Romans 6:11-13.