Learning

Humbled

Never in my life have I experienced complete humbled awe of the Lord like I am experiencing right now. The past several months have taught me about humility practically in an overwhelming demonstration of God’s glory.

It began over the summer in Croatia when many of my friends demonstrated Jesus’ love practically. I discovered, through hurt, God-given community that was ready to encourage and challenge me. Over the summer, there was always someone there for me. As I watched friends do things for me or support me through trials, I was humbled that God would grant me such wonderful friendships. Having a community like this is something I have long prayed for, and to watch God answer has been so humbling.

In addition to being humbled by community, I have also seen humility from God’s provision. I would have never imagined that in my lifetime I would see such generosity from the people around me. Through being given a car and furniture to already raising 31% of my support, I have seen God move in ways that only he could move. Every time I see another way that God is providing for and blessing me, my sense of humility is renewed. It is so overwhelming that sometimes I do not know how to respond except humble praise.

This humility that reminds me that in the difficulties he is STILL in control and always will be. Humility has led me to a place of complete assurance in the sovereignty of God and convinces me that he is worthy of praise.

Psalm 16:7-11

I will praise the Lord, who advises me.
My conscience warns me at night.
I always keep the Lord in front of me.
When he is by my side, I cannot be moved.
That is why my heart is glad and my soul rejoices.
My body rests securely
10 because you do not abandon my soul to the grave
or allow your holy one to decay.
11 You make the path of life known to me.
Complete joy is in your presence.
Pleasures are by your side forever.

Not only does he convince me of his goodness, but he has convinced me that when I am with him, I am free. Without him I am utterly lost, but with him I have purpose. He is in control of my life and truly knows what is best for me, so I worship and follow in humble awe that he chooses to use me despite my imperfections. I have complete joy knowing that in him I have hope.

Humility led Christ to wash his disciples feet, so I will strive to serve him faithfully. If he humbled himself for me, how can I not humble myself for him? My natural response is to serve the one who graciously forgives me and abundantly blesses me. I want to challenge you this week to find a place of humility before the Lord and reflect on your response to that humility. I pray that through this exercise, you gain new perspective of your relationship with the Lord.

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