”Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” ~ James 4:10
I was listening to a sermon one time and the speaker made this comment, “You can either humble yourselves privately as a child of God, or He will do it publicly! I have always remembered this line from the sermon even though it was many years ago. I choose to humble myself privately before God!! The alternative does not sound like fun!
In Luke 10:38-42 is the story of Mary and Martha, Jesus was at their house and Martha was scurrying around to put a meal on the table, her sister Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to Him talk. Martha got upset at her little sister and asked Jesus to instruct Mary to help her. But Jesus looked at Martha and said,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. ~ Luke 10:41b-42
The pride of putting on a good meal had taken the place of learning in the dust at the Master’s feet for Martha. Humanly speaking we can all understand how Martha must have felt, but feelings will lead us astray many times, our pride has to take a back seat to what God wants us to do in life!
God will expose the pride in our lives to us. What we do with that knowledge from that point, is up to us. Like our verse for today says, we can humble ourselves and be lifted up by Him. Or, we can choose to cling to our selfish pride and self-destruct our own lives!
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11
Lord help me to be ever aware of any prideful spirit in me, and to humble myself immediately at Your feet!!
Contributed by Mary Heuss Nelson