How many times have you put your trust in someone only to find out some time later that it was a big mistake? How many times have you relied on some electronic or mechanical device only to be disappointed when it stopped working on the day you needed it the most? Most of us have discovered people and things are often unreliable. In fact, most of us have discovered we can’t even count on ourselves one hundred percent of the time. Sometimes our best intentions turn into excuses and missed opportunity. Indeed, the only truly reliable place to deposit our unwavering trust is in God. We can trust God completely. We will never be disappointed when we humble ourselves before the Lord and admit our total dependence on Him.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose trust is the Lord.” (Jeremiah 17:7)
Remaining humble before God is not always easy. The world we live in is constantly pushing us away from God and toward dependence on ourselves. We have to be willing to look weak to the world in order to be strong in our trust in God. We have to be a servant to others. We have to let go of our clever ambition and accept what God has in mind for our lives. When we acknowledge God as being in complete control, he rewards our humble nature. When we take pride in our own accomplishments, God has a tendency to discipline us with a humbling display of His power.
This world wants us to be proud of our status and financial accomplishments; however, we are better served when we acknowledge God as the true provider of it all. This world wants us to be proud of our physical appearance, our talent, and our intellect; but again these are all a gift from God. The moment we believe we are better than anyone else God lowers His opinion of us. He knows who we truly are.
We have to keep in mind that what pleases us is frequently what displeases God. We can’t let this world distort our Godly humility. If there is anything special about who you are, believe in your heart that many others are even more special. In so doing, you will retain your Godly humility. There’s nothing wrong with considering yourself to be less than others, but you have lost your humility if you place yourself above anyone. The proud are filled with envy and resentment. The humble are always at peace. Do your absolute best in all circumstances, consider yourself to be nothing without God, and the Lord will bless your good intentions.
“Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:10)
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