“God, I thank you that I am not like other people…” Luke 18:11.
“God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Luke 18:13.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading; Genesis 44-46, and Luke 18.
The Pharisee and the tax collector.
The approaches of the two are obviously different.
Both reflect perspectives of themselves.
The Pharisee compares himself to others and concludes that he is better than them. The tax collector closes his eyes to those around him because he knows that he isn’t.
One assumes that God is pleased with him while the other knows that he has not pleased God.
Where does my approach to God fit in? If I see myself as in good shape, why would I need Him?
Why does the Pharisee call attention to himself? I think that his view of God is so limited that he chooses to “remind” God of his goodness…….in case God missed it.
Why does the tax collector act so humiliated? He realizes that God is great, and he isn’t. He has messed things up and God is the only One who can rescue him.
The Pharisee seeks God’s recognition. The tax collector seeks His rescue.
I must realize that I am unworthy. That I am an ongoing sinner. That my only hope is for His cleansing.
I NEED His mercy and thankfully He is merciful. He sent Jesus to bear on the cross my sins and their consequences eternally. What a Savior!
“Lord, You are good. Thank You, for rescuing me, a sinner, from my sin’s consequences. Forgive me for continuing to sin. I know better. Help me to reflect Your mercy for me on those I meet this day. I love You, Lord.”
One came to be recognized by God while the other came to be rescued by God.