My Bible study this week has been digging into humility, appropriate for the Purpose Plan I made for 2016. First on the list — embrace humility. (Follow the link to Ann Voskamp’s plan.)
I found this important connection in James 4:10. James says,
Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. (Amplified Version)
So, I must feel insignificant before God, and He will lift me up. Or as The Message says,
“Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.”
I understand that pride is the opposite of humility, but pride shows up in so many ways. Ann Voskamp talks about needing open hands to receive joy. If pride is in my heart, my hands are likely to be clenched into fists.
My ugly pride limits my joy. God truly makes things upside down for us! Since He knew us before we were made, He asks that we surrender, surrender pride and love of self. But this is also the hardest thing to do!
Pride can sneak up on me in so many ways. Just when I think I’ve surrendered completely, I find my hands clinched into fists over something silly.
How can I fight this pride? The simplest habits help me: writing down my blessings every day, seeking God’s face, asking for His forgiveness, reading His Word.
His lovingkindness and mercy are always available. His power shows itself in my weakness. 2 Cor. 12:9 (paraphrased from the Amplified Bible)
Today I am thankful for
- the gift of God’s grace and its availability to me.
- God’s Word that continues to be a challenge and a comfort.
- mercies that are new every morning.