“And he went on his journeys from the south even to Beth-el, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-el and Hai;” —Genesis 13:3
First & Second: (1) I’m annoyed when others think I’m godlier than I am; and actually, (2) the real annoyance comes when I dwell on it. Both of these things annoy me most because it makes me face the fact that there are enough corruptions in my flesh to want to cast off the grace of God and call that manifest godliness mine, mine, mine. Reality—godliness is all of grace.
Three & Four: (3) I’m annoyed when others think I’m less godly than I should be; and (4) I’m annoyed that immediately my flesh desires to come to my own defense. When this happens, I must repent with sorrow for the pride of thinking I’m something I’m not. Reality—humility is all of grace.
Five: I’m annoyed when someone follows me on Twitter, I follow back, and then they dump me like a hot potato. Reality— my blog is not the be-all-end-all of the Internet.
Six: I’m annoyed that I’m annoyed when someone follows me on Twitter, I follow back, and then they dump me like a hot potato. Reality—there will be no Twitter in That Day when we will know as we are known.
Seven: I’m annoyed when someone presumes I don’t know something when I’m silent about it. Especially these days, since I cannot control certain muscle functions and I breathe in my saliva, which turns into walking pneumonia for about a week: because talking makes it worse. Reality—I’m really not very smart at all. Knowledge puffeth up if it’s not all of grace and full of love.
Eight & Nine: (8) I’m annoyed when others think I’m smarter than I am; and (9) if given over to the thought, I’m annoyed that I sometimes think I’m smarter than I am. Hey, if you’re looking for smart, buy somewhere else or get Don Adams. Reality—what does smart have to do with anything anyway?
Ten: I’m annoyed that I even get annoyed at all. I serve the sovereign Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that He is sovereign and reigning King of kings; and I do trust Him; yet too often, I fail so miserably.
In our devotional text this morning, Abram pitches his tent again between Bethel and Hai, between the “house of God” and “being.” Certainly both of these places are actually named later than Abraham’s life and sojourn, but in the narrative that God provides through Moses, we have a real picture of life. It was here that Abram camped when he came into the land that God brought him; and here, he built an altar to call “upon the name of the LORD” (Genesis 12:8). Every situation, circumstance and providential annoyance that comes in the land where God has lead us, arise to keep us calling upon the name of the Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ, and relying upon His truth and trusting upon Christ alone. He is sufficient, and therefore, I rejoice.