January 24, 2020
The Incorrect Solution to be Proper
“Humble yourselves earlier than the Lord, and he’ll exalt you.” James 4:10 (NRSV)
I wish to be proper. Who doesn’t?
However I’d additionally wish to assume I’m in a position to admit after I’m incorrect. It’s fairly easy to confess the little errors, apologize and ask forgiveness. Possibly I unintentionally tossed my husband’s hang-up shirt within the dryer. Or perhaps I missed a clear-cut deadline at work. I can admit being incorrect then.
However what in regards to the occasions after I’m actually, actually proper?
The past the shadow of a doubt form of proper. The “How on the earth are you able to not see my level?” form of proper. The form of proper the place you need to go and rally everybody you realize and get them to verify simply how proper you might be, so your righteousness is validated. What about these occasions?
Once I’m completely, positively certain I’m proper, it’s my job to dig in my heels and stand my floor. Proper?
There’s a selected scenario I’ve been strolling by means of (and praying about every day) for fairly a while. It’s a kind of conditions the place I simply know I’m proper. I used to be praying about this example as traditional one morning, pouring out my coronary heart. Asking for readability. Asking for decision. However then I did one thing I don’t all the time do. Taking my pastor’s suggestion after pouring out my coronary heart in prayer, I sat silently and listened for that also small voice.
The verse that resonated in my head in these quiet moments was not the verse I had anticipated.
It was the phrases of James 4:10, which says: “Humble yourselves earlier than the Lord, and he’ll exalt you.” This was not essentially the recommendation I had ready myself to listen to. However it made sense.
A lot time had been spent digging in my heels and rallying my troops that I’d been something however humble. I let the phrases sink in, studying them in context. It comforted me to know James writes from a spot of on a regular basis life with Jesus, to folks coping with on a regular basis conflicts and interpersonal struggles. I had been prideful. And puffed-up satisfaction has no place as an ingredient in a recipe for decision.
I’m nonetheless coping with this specific scenario, and I’m nonetheless wrapping my thoughts across the software of this verse within the context of my battle, however in humbling myself earlier than God, I do know He’ll work out all issues for good in due time (Romans 8:28).
Expensive heavenly Father, assist me to kneel earlier than You and lay my struggles at Your ft. Give me the readability and humility to see that interpersonal conditions will not be one-sided. Give me compassion to know the viewpoints of others, and provides me the capability and vitality to work by means of battle in a manner that’s pleasing to You. In Jesus’ Title Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Philippians 2:3-5, “Do nothing from egocentric ambition or conceit, however in humility regard others as higher than yourselves. Let every of you look to not your individual pursuits, however to the pursuits of others. Let the identical thoughts be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (NRSV)
Proverbs 16:18-20, “Delight goes earlier than destruction, and a haughty spirit earlier than a fall. It’s higher to be of a lowly spirit among the many poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Those that are attentive to a matter will prosper, and completely satisfied are those that belief within the LORD.” (NRSV)
For no matter you’re dealing with, just one factor can maintain your thoughts and coronary heart proper. And for no matter you’re dealing with at present, God’s Phrase all the time has the reply. Will you be part of us as we proceed to offer biblical sources for girls around the globe by turning into a Month-to-month Accomplice? To present to Proverbs 31, click here.
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
What conflicts or struggles in your life have precipitated you to construct obstacles of satisfaction? What are some methods you may observe humility in your on a regular basis interpersonal relationships? We’d love to hear from you!
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