What Jesus Did! 'The Father's Choice' — Matthew 11:25-26

Friday, May 26, 2017

Then Jesus said, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like little children. Yes, Father, you did this because this is what you really wanted to do."
— Matthew 11:25-26 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 11:25-26 NLT — "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth."

Key Thought

God has always despised arrogance. Yet it is the repeated sin of his creatures. Satan's rebellion and Adam and Eve's sin have their source in the arrogance of being rivals to God. We should not be surprised that God's will, his choice, his delight, is to hide his plan from the arrogant religious leaders of the day and reveal them to common everyday people. Only those who are willing to receive the Kingdom like children will find it—not because God wants simpletons, but because those who are wise in their own eyes are often the most abusive and ignorant of all.

Today's Prayer

O holy and majestic Father, I want my heart to not only be pure from immorality but also from the stain of arrogance and pride. Your ways are so far beyond my own, so guard my heart from the presumption of thinking I know all of your ways or confining you to my own little notions of your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isa. 57:15
  • 1 Cor. 1:19-25
  • Rom. 11:33-36

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.