In our passage today, I want to focus on verses 6-22, The Day of the Lord. Verse 11 specifically stands out: “11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.” (ESV) This is a crucial verse for the life of the Christian.
You cannot live for your self and for God at the same time. You cannot live for dual kingdoms. You are either living for the glory of God or the glory of self. God does not focus on his glory in a prideful way. God’s glory is for our good.
The other theme that stands out in this passage are the idols that distract us from the glory of God. The reason is that these don’t last: “18 And the idols shall utterly pass away.” These idols are enticing outwardly but inwardly they are rotted; they have nothing to truly offer. Satan and our own sinful inclination often make these more desirable than God, and this is something we must strongly fight against.
When you think about your thoughts over the last week, are your thoughts more consumed with yourself or God? What idols are you putting your hope in that might be robbing your worship of God?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice