Study Leave: Day 5
I’m actually running out of things to do. I’ve met my commentary reading goals (Moo, Haldane, Hodge, and Piper on chs. 9-11). I’ve seen that Deuteronomy 30 and Isaiah 51-52, 59 are key texts to understand as background to Romans 9-11, so I did some reading of those this morning.
Then I read some more in Mahaney’s book on humility. I thought the book started slow, but today I read two chapters full of good practical tips for battling against pride. He makes a list of things to do every morning and evening.
- survey the wondrous cross and pour contempt on all your pride
- acknowledge your need for God by prayerfully reading Scripture. Even if you don’t feel anything after you’ve read, at least you’ve been humbled by expressing your dependence.
- give thanks
- redeem the time wasted in your commute for memorization and meditation
- humble yourself by casting your cares on him. Anxiety comes from pride (1Peter 5:6-7)
- give glory to God for the grace experienced today
- receive the humbling gift of sleep. Place your soul’s faith in the cross as you place your body’s faith in your bed.
Now I’m going to go see if I can find a copy of Tim Keller’s sermon titled “Arguing About Predestination”.