Luke 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
‘Oh, God be merciful to me a sinner ‘
As soon those words echoed out the vocal cords of the tax collector, heaven resonated and prompt reviews were conducted. We can see the Almighty setting himself right on His throne and the mercy of God immediately responding ‘where am I required?’ Is there any weakness? There I will birth strength.
The Pharisee on the other hand stands to blow his own trumpet. As commendable as his achievements were, taking into account the disposition of his heart and his attitude, a response from God would have sounded like ‘You have rightly made it clear that you are strong in all matters. So is my help even required?
If there is one thing we can learn from the monologue of these two men, it is the reality that ‘All men are helped by God’. Outside of this help, the futility of all our own doings will become evident. All our achievements would account for and amount to very little
"because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength"(1 Cor 1:25)
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