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Topic: Vanity (11/15/18)
By Elaine Hemingway
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“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” Matthew 6:1
Obadiah tells us how our heavenly Father responds to all who would attack those whom He loves. It’s hard to be complacent in the knowledge that we who are loved by Him are protected, provided for and blessed to be His children, so we need to balance our attitude of gratitude. There is no room for vanity in the Grace we receive.
In Luke 18:11 we read of the Pharisee who stood by himself and prayed: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other people--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector.
What a far cry away from the Dickensian character of Uriah Heep in Nicholas Nickleby who sought the appraisal in his ‘umbleness of which he was actually rather proud.
Ezekiel 25 gives a message against foreign nations and I think we see in present times that we can feel at ease in the knowledge that the Nations of today are also under limits imposed by God. There is, therefore no cause for them to rest on their laurels in vanity.
Edom was proud of its high position, but God condemned her pride, her vanity, and the same will happen to today’s high and proud personages, who will be brought down for all their defiance of God and His Commandments.
No nation, tribe or person who thinks they are secure in their own wisdom can afford complacent vanity. One day they will be horrified to discover that they are not exempt from the Justice of Elyon, God Most High.
Psalm 128:1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in His ways.
Can we be allowed vanity in that?
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