“. . .And the common people heard Him gladly.”

Mark 12:37b

Our attitude will determine our receipt.

When you look in a mirror, Pilgrim, what do you see? Someone who’s “on top of his game” or someone who’s the doormat of the world? Someone for whom the Son of Glory died or someone who constantly messes things up and can never get it right?

Just as an airplane’s “attitude” (the heading or direction of the nose) determines its direction, so does our inward attitude toward God and ourselves determine our response to His Word and the Spirit’s moving. Today’s Manna, though short in number of words, is powerful in its Message.

Toward the end of His’ earthly ministry, Jesus’ opposition and distracters increased in number. They were constantly trying to set traps for Him and “catch Him in His words” (Mk. 12:13) so they might have something with which to accuse Him of doing wrong. And, sadly, their tribe is still with us even to this day—for there are always those critics and cynics who seemingly delight in pointing out others’ faults and inconsistencies, especially when we walk with the Lord.

But, do not fear them, dear Pilgrim.

Instead, stay focused and faithful in “the Race that is set before you, always looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher/Perfecter of your faith” (Heb. 12:1c-2a).

And, always remember the simple truth contained in our Manna: “And the common people heard Him gladly.”

Common people.”

Who are they?

Although the Greek word used here for “common” is “polus” and basically means “large in number, the majority, etc.,” it’s not wrong for us to also use the KJV wording here. Why is that? Simply because (thankfully) there are more people who still hold simple, basic, common values in life than we realize. Too often we forget this and, like Elijah sitting under the juniper tree in deep depression, we feel like we’re the only one left who’s faithfully serving the Lord (I Kings 19:4, 14).

But, even if you were, Pilgrim—even if you were the only one left in the Battle defending the faith—you would still not be alone. . .for the “Lord of lords” (Ps. 136:3), Who’s promised to “never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5b) will be right there with you as “a very Present Help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1), putting you in the majority. Hallelujah!!

And, let us also never forget He comes to the “meek and lowly” (Mt. 11:28)—the “poor and needy” (Ps. 40:17)—not the “high and mighty” to reveal Himself (Mk. 2:17). Only those who see Him as He is, realize their wretched condition apart from His Mercy and live in continual gratitude for His Grace will “hear Him gladly.” All others are too proud or preoccupied to hear His “still, small Voice” and quiet knocking (I Kings 19:12; Rev. 3:20).

By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated May 16, 2010

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