Week 11 Day 75: Humility not Self- Devaluing
"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: A close friend sent me an article about humility this morning and then I read how God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar in the book of Daniel. So I thought I would ponder this myself a little more. One of the first things about this article that struck me was the following, "Humility does not call our value into question; rather, it questions our illusion of autonomy. Humility opposes pride. It isn’t having an “I suck” attitude. It’s acknowledging that I’m dependent on Someone greater than myself." Alan Fadling with Unhurried Living.
Then I read about the king in Daniel, and I thought, "God actually bothered with this king, he didn't just kill him, he was given a chance to acknowledge that God is God." It took him a while but after a time of discipline in the wilderness this king turned and praised Almighty God, and acknowledged Him as greater than himself.
How are we all doing with this? I thought this was an apt ponder on the last one of this series. Walking humbly with our God, learning of His faithfulness and mercy towards us, to we can show His justice, His loving kindness and His grace through all that we think and do. Micah 6:8.
Action: How are you doing with the "I suck attitude?" The attitude that devalues what God has already said you are; the attitude that talks about failure, and not living up to something (even in the name of God); the attitude that does not acknowledge God as the Almighty God and Father of your life, who you lean on for everything? or do you? Hard hitting I know but I am also talking to my own autonomous flesh that wants so often to go its own way. It wants to live up to my own fleshly expectations often beyond what God has for me....yes, even in the supposedly good stuff.
Next question: what about perfection and excellence? Yep, I do believe we need to strive to be the best we can but with what power? I think the striving needs to be placing ourselves in a position to be driven by the Almighty perfect power in God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We need to be listening people, people willing to be led, not lead. Now yes, God called some to be leaders, and we all lead/influence someone but who leads you to do the leading in His humility, His faithfulness and mercy? Even those who say "I am off the hook, I have not been called to be a leader," I will ask you, who is leading you in your life today? Are you allowing yourself to be under the mighty hand of God in your struggle with addictive, life-controlling habits?
Who is leading you in your struggles today? I know I want it to be my Abba, Father. May I place myself in your presence today in whatever you call me to do today.
Prayer: Lord I love you so very much, You are my Almighty God, and I desire in my weakness to humble myself under Your mighty hand. Help me to fear You in the right way, knowing that You love me so much. We have been on a journey of discovery and freedom and heart transformation. May I stay in Your Word daily and pray and seek Your face and acknowledge You in all I do, seeking Your face and learning to abide in You. May I be a child of Yours that so shines with You that others notice and are drawn into Your kingdom. Make me both meek and bold with Your blessed and precious message of salvation and freedom. Thank you, Lord. Amen
Challenge: Explore humility in your own life, and write down where you have been tempted/triggered to go your own way. Ask God to show you where you need to humble yourself before Him and seek His forgiveness and repent. Then stand firm, asking Him to lead your life from now on. Not easy but He will show you how. Read His Word, pray and do not isolate. Surround yourself with other brothers and sisters in the Lord.