Sunday Morning Podcast October 18, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: JEREMIAH 9:22-24
22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.
23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
Our relationship with God is so insignificant, when we behold the awesomeness of all His creation. We are reminded of this, when we look up into the heavens, to behold how great His powers and magnificence are. Through humility we can benefit of His great beauty, and mercies unto us. All of our lives, compare not with all of Him (verse 23). To know of God, is to realize His understanding, love, and judgment of us (verse 24). We cannot “find” God’s majesty in one extreme or another. It is found only through a delight of keeping within humility, and to be helped by His loving kindness. Do we have to “suffer” because of our lack of strength? No, though of course we will have no spiritual strength if we dwell in pride, or consider ourselves self sufficient in God’s glory.
The strength of humility is balanced. The greatest of priority, is found in God through love. But without humility, we are absent of God’s love. Three of God’s requirements for us are listed in Micah 6:8 ” He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Humility is high on God’s list. If we think what we have gained monetarily is ours, …even this belongs to God, (Haggai 2:8) . Everything is in God’s hands. This underscores that we should never forget God. Even one of the great patriarchs of the bible, Abraham, realized he was nothing before God, (Genesis 18:27).
Psalms 127:2 tells us essentially that the “opposite” side of humility (or mentally dwelling in sorrow and/or demoralizing our spirit) is also vain. It is an empty existence, when God’s keeping power would give us strength.
To be humble is to subject ourselves to one another. In this God will give us grace, (or strength), I Peter 5:5. Do you have strength through humility? Pride will defend self, draining us from spiritual strength. Conversely humility will allow one’s will to be broken, so that God’s Will can solve our problems, …giving strength.
Humility gives strength and grace. Humble your heart.