At church this past Sunday, Paul Cockrell preached from Nehemiah 9. He spoke of God’s restoration of His people after their return from exile and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. For three hours, the people listened to the reading of the Law of the Lord, and then for another three hours they confessed their sin and worshiped. The people were re-oriented to who God is: the only glorious and exalted God who is worthy of all praise; the faithful Covenant Keeper who is relentlessly merciful and compassionate. God’s people were restored to a right relationship with Him as they revered Him.
In II Corinthians 3:18, the Apostle Paul writes, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” Like the Israelites, we modern day saints will be renewed and transformed into the likeness of our Lord as we reverently gaze on Him in His Word.
I am reminded of a quote that my cousin, Lisa, includes at the end of each of her emails:
“What we revere we resemble, for ruin or restoration.” (Dr. Gregory K. Beale)
Who or what do you revere? Are you seeing the resemblance? Is your reverence leading to your ruin . . . or your restoration?
“The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to his ways” (Proverbs 14:8). So, today think about this quote. Live it out. Pass it along.
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