The Place of Honour

Day 350

Prayer for the day

Bless the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty ones who do his bidding, and hearken to the voice of his word. Bless the LORD, all you his hosts, you ministers of his who do his will. Bless the LORD, all you works of his, in all places of his dominion . . .

Scripture for the day

Amos 4-6, Revelation 7

We all probably remember a time when we wanted to be popular. There were the cool kids and the group to which we didn’t belong. There was the office party we weren’t invited to. There was the time everyone got together and “forgot” to call us. It’s painful to be left out, particularly when being left out means being shunned.

Amos prophesies against the “cows of Bashan” and against their husbands, people who have enriched themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens. He calls them to account, saying that they have wrongfully taken places of honour when those places should be reserved for those who act in ways that follow the command of God. Instead of taking pride in their place, they ought to be humble. Instead of claiming to be self-made, they ought to “let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

The places of honour in the kingdom of Heaven, according to the revelation of John, are reserved for those who have come through a time of tribulation and who have persevered to the end. It is not a mark of their earthly status, of their wealth or their influence, that causes them to be held in high esteem, but their willingness to sacrifice all for Christ, and their desire to live wholly for His glory. Only in this way have they earned the honour they receive, to stand before the throne of God and be sheltered by the shadow of the Most High.

May you too be shadowed by the Most High as you seek to live fully for Him.

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