Opposition and Grace

At Sunday school the teacher mentioned how a prayer to be humble is a scary prayer, because it invites humbling circumstance. That really turned a light on for me. I heard a sermon a while ago on Isaiah 66:

Isaiah 66
Thus says the Lord,
“Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
Where then is a house you could build for Me?
And where is a place that I may rest?

“For My hand made all these things,
Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.
“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

I hadn’t heard this passage explained before. I was moved. Wow, I thought. Ok, this sounds good. I will pray for God to humble me. So I started praying that, very simply. It seemed all right. What I had failed to realize was the “getting divinely owned” aspect of the path to humility.

This is kinda funny now, but yeah, wasn’t really at the time. I thought asking God for humility was a tune-up… like you put a car in the garage and the guy fixes the brakes. I think I thought that maybe you would wake up every day humbler? Ahgg! But there is HUMBLING involved. Humility can only be obtained where God is around. I.e. big, big God and little, little human. Pride comes before a fall, and unfortunately I’m a sinner so… I got perfectly put in place, God style.

So fast forward some months: I am praying bug-eyed on my knees for God to go easy on me. God humble me, but please, please don’t let me get in any more trouble. Is this the UFC? God is a holy, mighty, awesome God who “opposes the proud” but give grace to the humble.

But I can say with confidence what a blessing it has been. There are two things that I get to enjoy because of this. First, not only do I get to enjoy God being God for humbling circumstance (“wow God, you’re strong”), but for also for all the times God shows his supreme kindness. God humbles his children, then gives grace, and exalts them (1 Peter 5). Second, I don’t have to worry about things. Because I’m a Christian, I know that God will give me enough grace to please Him in every circumstance.

That’s all for now, blessings.


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