Thursday, July 19, 2012

How are you humbled?

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10 NIV)

This job can be very humbling. Yes, that is true. The circumstances of trying to produce all that we have , at the request of over a hundred different project managers, whose projects are the most important, is quite daunting and humbling. We don't hit the mark every time and we are humbled. However, God is not asking us to be humbled. That would be too easy. We are all humbled by every failed expectation of others. Sometimes we admit it and are forgiven and sometimes we are not. But, the verse is not a reactionary command. It is a proactive command.

Our Lord never does the humbling. Our difficult circumstances, produced by our own selfish desires, humble us when we are exposed. No, when we humble ourselves before the Lord, we come to Him before our circumstances expose our sins. Yes, He does pick us up when we are knocked down; but, how much better will it be if He were to lift us up even before we are knocked down. He can only do that when we humble ourselves before.....