HUMILITY IN DEPENDENCY
Rest in God’s Sufficiency
“All these things My hand has made, and so all these things came to be. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at My Word” (Isaiah 66:2).
Christian philosopher Francis Schaffer said this about the inconsistency of some Christians, “The greatest problem with
Christianity today are people who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, but deny Him by their lifestyle, that is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”
One of the inconsistencies that we find often in our lives is the encroachment of pride into how we treat others. God promises to “look” upon those who are humble and tremble at the words of Scripture. To “look” means to look upon us with His favor and to bless us and use us. When we are humble before God and allow His Word to shape our thoughts, actions, and attitudes, then He is Lord and can entrust us with His provision.
The result of being truly humble is that we experience a deeper and deeper awareness of God’s kingdom in our life. We are dependent on Him for everything we need in life. Isaiah 57:15 says, “For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.’”
Someone said, “Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick—except the one who has it.” The Book of Proverbs has a lot to say about pride . . . Proverbs 11:2, “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom;” Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall;” and Proverbs 29:23, “One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.”
LIVING OUT GOD’S BEST TODAY
Application of God’s Truth
Sometimes we experience relational rubs when things are not right with others in our life. Ask God if there is anything in your life that He can help you change to “sweeten” a strained relationship.