Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He May lift you up in due time.
Doesn’t the word humble automatically evokes a feeling of being less than anyone else? What do you really think this word means in the verse I have above?
Because I can tell you what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean to feel less than anyone else; that’s what the world and the dictionary would tell you, but it isn’t so.
We are so afraid to give even the slightest hint of weakness, because you know, everyone will come and trampled over you. That’s dangerous thinking. This verse is not talking about us humbling ourselves to others, but to do so before God, who is mighty and perfect. It means that we recognize his power and perfection against our inability to hold power ourselves.
And by acknowledging this truth we can understand our imperfect, sinful nature, incapable of saving ourselves. But by God’s Grace, we don’t have to even try. That’s an impossible task.
Let me repeat it: Saving ourselves is an impossible task.
How then, can we be saved? How can we be made whole?
Only by knowing and accepting that we don’t have the power that God has. By knowing that no matter how much we try, there’s no way that we can know what our future holds. The only one with the knowledge and power to know these and many unknown things to us, is God almighty.
The book of Job is one of those poignant and very real examples of God confronting men’s nature of entitlement and unfounded power. The portion below is a small example of the things we don’t know:
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone -
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
And if you want to continue reading Job chapter 38 through 40, you’re in for a ride that will surely humble you, in a very good way. You get a rare glimpse of God talking about himself and the things He has done, and the power that He holds; for in the end, Job can’t answer any of the questions God is asking and all he could say is this:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
Job realizes that he doesn’t know anything, nor he holds any power over anything and he realizes that there’s no comparison to God. He understood that the one who holds the power, also holds mercy; unending, beautiful mercy towards those of us who can recognize our nature, and our inability to save ourselves.
But here’s the good news: With this newfound knowledge we can accept the gift of grace that God offers us through his Son, Jesus Christ. We no longer have to feel alone, or to fight for ourselves, because we have our friend, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, ready to do the heavy lifting for us, and all we have to do is to trust in Him.
Isn’t this amazing? This is the greatest thing that God has given us: A way out, free and undeserved (that’s why it’s called grace) but oh so perfectly fulfilling.
And by having this friendship with our God, by understanding his Word, we will receive the outpouring of his love in every aspect of our life. Life will never be the same, life will come alive.
So, I encourage today to humble yourself before God and be ready to bask in his glorious presence, to accept the gift of redemption through Jesus and become an heir of his eternal kingdom.
Wishing a beautiful weekend!
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This past saturday I heard a guest speaker at church that moved my heart and actually helped me understand something that I have struggled with for a long time: The actual thought of ME being a worthy daughter of God.
I have always felt condemned and guilty that I could never be the better person that Jesus wants me to be. I always felt that because of all that I had done, or said or thought; God would be mad at me. I mostly felt guilty that I could never be the best I could be, not perfect, not the happiest and more positive person, not the most patient or the most eloquent… guilty for being upset with my daughters for not listening to me, for being stressed because I could barely have time to clean, cook, do homework, clean our home, take care of my shop (design new cards, take pictures, list more products, promote them online, process orders, etc)… At the end of each day I love my bed!
While everything that surround us may stress, upset and get us tired, God understands every single part of us and our imperfect nature and knows that even if we -with every good will in our being- try to be perfect for God; He knows that is impossible.
But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
This time of the year it is easy to forget what Christmas is all about.
The hustle and bustle, the media, the pressure, the gifting frenzy… It all takes away from what it really means to those who believe Jesus was been born to save us.
It made me think how we make it all about ourselves and not about others. I wish we all had this giving attitude every day of our lives. Why suddenly have this urge to just be good, while you can be this good and more all year round?
In any case, Christmas is a time for Spiritual renewal so we can go back to what basically makes us christian: The trust that Jesus Christ washes away all our sins. The fact that Jesus is our ONLY Savior and that He is amazingly loving.
I cannot think of a single thing greater than this. My life could have not been complete without Him in my life. I cannot fathom my life without Him. It is actually unbearable.
He really takes away all of our nature and doubts and pain, and it heals, comforts, saves, He makes all new again.
What a gift, don't you think?
I want to wish Happy Birthday to Jesus, our amazing savior. And my humble gift to him is my life. There is nothing else I can give that he doesn't have, there is nothing I can think of that he doesn't own, there is nothing greater than him.
Thank you for being unselfish, compassionate, obedient, patient and full of grace… You are the most amazing man that has ever lived and its now reigning in Heaven next to the Father. I love you with an imperfect heart but truthfully and passionately yours for eternity.
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