Subject: November 18th — Daily Devotional by Watchman Nee

But, lest we cause them to stumble, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a shekel: that take, and give unto them for me and thee. Matthew 17.27.

“Cause . . . to stumble”—As a matter of principle, anything which touches the person, the holiness, and work of God allows no compromise; there can therefore be no accommodation in such areas. For other matters which are minor, however, we should imitate the Lord here so as not to offend anybody. Here the Lord exhibits great wisdom. He is gentle but not weak, humble but not hesitant. How often in many things He makes ground for other people.

“For me and thee”—This is the order. Why not use “us”? Because the Lord can never stand on the same level with us. He is the Firstborn and the only begotten Son; whereas we are but sons. By hiding His glory the Lord pays tribute; in grace He pays tribute for Peter. He can certainly supply our every need.

The Lord My Portion by Watchman Nee

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