Woe Is Me

“He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry” – Matthew 3:11

The caretaker of Beethovens’ home led some tourists to a stately old piano. Lifting the cover with an air of reverence, he said, “this was Beethovens’ piano!” A young woman stepped forward, sat down and began playing one of Beethovens’ sonatas. Concluding, she spun around and said to the shocked caretaker, “I suppose many people who visit here like to play Beethovens’ piano.” “Well, madam,” he replied, “last summer the world famous Paderewski was here, and some of his friends wanted him to play, but he said, ‘no, I am not worthy.'”

As we become more like the Saviour we become more aware of our own sin. This paradox is not the result of morbid introspection nor evidence of a poor self-image. It’s an honest recognition of who we are, who Christ is, and how much we long to be like Him.

After a glimpse of Gods’ holiness, Isaiah cried out, “woe is me!” (Isa. 6:5). At the end of his suffering, Job humbly confessed, “therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). And John the Baptist said of the Messiah, “He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.” A healthy sense of our unworthiness before God makes us rely on the worthiness of Jesus. That’s the secret of becoming like Him. – DJD

This prayer and deepest longing-
To be pure without, within;
Oh, I want to be like Jesus,
Cleansed from the cross and free from self and sin. – Peterson


Read: Job 42:1-6

Taken from Our Daily Bread