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Humility Much?

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“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” – Luke 14:11

These words of Jesus are very convicting, aren’t they?  It’s easy to say to yourself, “I’ve never pushed my way to the best seat at the banquet,” and feel as though Jesus is talking to someone else.  But just think of all the ways we try to puff ourselves up.  Often by our words or actions we posture ourselves over others.  Sometimes we even directly put them down to make ourselves look good.  We have any number of status symbols: cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, tech-gadgets, job titles, and so on.  We don’t just want to keep up with the Jones’s … we want to out-do the Jones’s!  But beware. Jesus’ warning is similar to that in Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  We may gain status, recognition or possessions in this life-time, but those will be of no value to us before the Lord.  What does the Lord value, if not the status symbols of the world?

“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2

May we be humble and contrite in our heart, and allow the Lord to exalt us – in His time, and in His way!

Humbly Yours,

PA

Your King Comes to You

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As we are in the midst of Holy Week, preparing to witness our Lord being sent to the Cross, we hearken back to Palm Sunday’s verse:

Zechariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

And we realize that whether it is a colt that carries the Lord … or the Lord that carries a Cross – He is still our RIGHTEOUS and VICTORIOUS KING!  Righteous, as he bears the burden of our sin before the Judgment of the Father, and Victorious as the cross and the grave could not contain Him!  Soon we will shout with joy, the phrase, “Alleluia, He is Risen – He is Risen indeed!”

Thank you Father, that our Righteous and Victorious King Jesus is reigning with you forever!  Amen.

Christ’s Humiliation

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“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”  (Philippians 2:8)

there are two words in that brief sentence that we are not really fond of, actually three.  The first two are:

1.) HUMBLED
2.) OBEDIENT

We don’t like to be humbled, and we don’t particularly like obedience.  Don’t feel too bad about it, you’re not alone.  In fact, it goes all the way back to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden!  It’s part of our human condition!  We don’t like someone else telling us what to do!

And what about the third word … do you think I’m going to say “Death?” … that’s a possibility.  But actually the third word that I think we aren’t fond of is:

3.) MAN

We don’t like our human limitations at all!  In fact, “Death” is part of that human condition.  No, we would rather be God.  In fact, this is the root of our dislike of the other words in the sentence.  As man (human), we would rather be God and be in control of the things of our lives, and even the whole world.

No, we don’t like being Man, Humbled or Obedient one bit. And that’s what makes Jesus’ venture to take on our human flesh, humble himself, and be obedient even to death on a cross all that much more amazing!  The all powerful creator God of the universe … the one who makes all the rules!! … subjected Himself to humility and obedience and death … FOR … US!

We pray: Thank you Jesus that you were willing to endure our human condition so that we would one day be able to stand in the presence of God!  Amen.

The Humility of Job

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Scripture: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
    may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)

Observation: When we want to think of an example of unjust suffering, besides our Lord perhaps, the Old Testament character Job is the name that first comes to mind.  The extent of Job’s loss and suffering is profound!  Having lost all his possessions and children in one day, Job is dealt a devastating blow that would likely send any of us into a deep depression.  However, Job’s response is astonishing.  At this time of deep loss and suffering, Job clings to an undeniable truth; one that is good for us all to keep in mind – whether in plenty or in want (as Paul suggests in Philippians 4:12).  The truth that Job exclaims is simply put – the Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.  Wow.  That is true, and we are certainly ready to profess it when we are receiving from the Lord’s hand, but to proclaim it when the Lord has taken away? That is amazing… and yet something we need to do!

Application: How many things in my life do I take for granted?  How willing is my heart to profess God’s goodness when He is showering blessings upon me?  That’s the easy part.  Job is reminding me today that I must recognize God and thank Him just the same when He seems distant and I am suffering.  I must praise the Name of the Lord even when it appears that He has withdrawn His hand from me.  Difficult to do, but necessary – and perhaps for this very reason:  The book of Job shows us, with a clarity we don’t often see, that God has His hand at work even in the times of our trouble.  Job makes clear for us that God is well aware of our suffering (see Job Ch. 1 as God is not only aware, but gives Satan permission to harass Job!) – and that He is even present in it!  If I am to praise God for anything, let me not just praise Him for the blessings that come from His hand, but let me praise Him that His hand is always with me!

Prayer: Lord, thank you that through Job, I am reminded that you are present at all times and to be praised!  May I praise you not only when you are giving, but even when you are taking away.  May I praise your Holy Name even in the storms of life!  Amen.

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