O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 131:1-3)
As I sat down to begin my devotional time with our Lord this morning, I felt heavy-hearted with something that happened the previous day. I scented that I had made some mistakes in my judgments and actions. With that, I prayed and asked for the Lord’s forgiveness and laid the concerns of my mistakes at the foot of the cross. I wondered why I still make mistakes like this; I should know better. True, I should know better; the truth is, don’t we all make mistakes – none of us is perfect. Through our mistakes, we learn and grow in our spiritual maturity.
As David wrote (Psalm 131), he used the word picture of a child being weaned from his mother to illustrate spiritual maturity. Just as babies go through a period of transition as they are weaned from their mother’s breast milk, we as Christians transition from a baby Christian to a mature believer who can handle the weightier matters of life and faith. Paul said it this way to the church of Corinth in (1 Corinthians 13:11), “When I was a child, I we spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” That said, as we mature as Christians, we will stumble from time to time; go through some growing pains if you will.
Psalm 130 lists some of the things we feel as the growing pains of maturity take place. David says we sometimes cry out to the Lord when we are overwhelmed by life’s events. Our heavenly Father often allows us to see our need for Him, and we realize we can’t face life’s difficulties alone. David also reminds us maturity is occurring when we feel the guilt of our mistakes (sins). Spiritual growth requires us to see the depths of our sin and the forgiveness we have in Christ.
Friends, remember that sometimes the Lord allows us to go through experiences when we cannot see His Hand or sense His purpose. These times prompt us to trust Him. At all times, though, our Lord is growing us into the likeness of His Son. Would you pray with me?
Thank You, Father, for the promise in Your Word that assures me that if I wait on the Lord, He shall renew my strength; I shall mount up with wings like eagles, I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint. Amen.
God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><
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