If you are like me, you have spent decades building a business through ups and downs and sacrifices along the way. Maybe you have built your reputation over the decades through research and study and now have many coming to you for your acquired wisdom. For others of you, it might be that you have become powerful and mighty through mental and/or physical toughness that keeps you focused and responsible. You can be depended on no matter what the job or responsibility. Whether it is wisdom, might or wealth have you remained humble?
And what does it mean to be humble after spending decades working at being who you are?
“Humility,” says John Piper in his book Future Grace, “is not a popular trait in the modern world.” You don’t hear radio talk show hosts tout it nor do you see TV personalities or diversity seminars or corporate workshops rail about the value of humility. You know why that is?
Because humility can only exist in the presence of God!
I like the way Piper puts it. “Humility follows God like a shadow.” Unless God is applauded in our society, humility will take a back seat. Some in our “modern” society would claim that today we are too sophisticated for God. We can stand on our own; we can define and create our own existence, say some. When God is not in first place, man replaces him and that is the opposite of humility namely, pride.
Again, like fear, when we do not choose humility, we do not trust God.
All my life I battled with trusting God. So I identify with that feeling, but no more. I am committed every day, no matter what the sacrifice or pain, to trust God. He knows better than I what is good, uplifting and growth producing for me. Unfortunately, I suffered many a disappointment and hurt because I did not trust.
Piper says, “Belief is not merely an agreement with facts in the head; it is also an appetite for God in the heart which fastens on Jesus for satisfaction.” Jesus says, “Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” You see, it is not sufficient to think that Jesus is the Son of God and died for your sins. We are to drink from Jesus as the Son of God. He is the bread of life and those who feed on him for nourishment and satisfaction by him. He is the living bread that came down from heaven.
What I came to realize was that my conversion decades ago needed The Choice to make him my Lord in everything and thus HUMBLE myself to His directions and guidance and to thank Him for all that I have and have attained.
FAITH IS COMING TO JESUS AND DRINKING THE WATER AND EATING THE FOOD SO THAT WE FIND OUR HEARTS SATISFIED IN HIM.
What I discovered was that the joy in life I sought in all that I did was fleeting and not satisfying. I discovered that only my complete reliance on Jesus satisfied. So what does it mean to turn away from God and take satisfaction in self (pride)?
- Covetous is turning away from God, usually to find satisfaction in things.
- Lust is turning away from God to find satisfaction in sex.
- Bitterness is turning away from God to find satisfaction in revenge or anger.
- Impatience is turning away from God to find satisfaction in your own uninterrupted plan of action.
- Anxiety, misplaced shame, and despondency are various conditions of the heart when these efforts of unbelief miscarry.
“But deeper than all forms of unbelief is pride because self-determination and self-exaltation lie behind all these other dispositions. Do you really know better than God? For a long time, I thought I did!
Jeremiah 9:23 God says, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches.” These are God’s greatest competitors. All true knowledge rests in God. Remember when Paul in the bible said knowledge puffs up and love builds up? If you have wealth, no matter how much, remember that all that we have comes from God, including the opportunities, intelligence and hard work ethic.
A PROUD MAN LOOKS DOWN ON THINGS AND PEOPLE; AND AS LONG AS YOU ARE LOOKING DOWN, YOU CANNOT SEE ANYTHING FROM ABOVE!
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