The Way Up is Down

Matthew 23:12

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”

Everything visible and invisible in our lives is a tool in the Hand of God. He is so masterful in showing us that His Eye is carefully watching over each one of His children. Innumerable times in Scripture and in our daily experiences we see how He uses the unexpected and unthinkable to confirm what He has been quietly working in our hearts. The only question is whether we choose to respond to the prodding of that still, small voice, or continue to walk our own path. Proverbs 12:15 reminds us, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”

If we are living in right relationship with God, and in daily obedience to Him, the times in between those experiences can be very disconcerting. Sure, it is discouraging when we don’t “feel” God. But, one of the benefits to those occasional times of silence is the building up of our faith. In Sunday school we had a discussion about how we can maintain a close relationship with God – how can we keep ourselves from drifting away? Just as in any relationship, the way you get to know someone is first communicating with them. When communication ceases, the relationship deteriorates.

As someone in my class pointed out, if we aren’t attentive to our relationship with God, our drifting from Him can significantly affect the next generation’s perspective of our faith, and ultimately, their own. If we find ourselves compartmentalizing our lives, in such a way that our church attendance is separate from our domestic life, we disallow God’s leadership and eventually come to a place where we realize we are helpless – and hopeless – without Him.

When you find that you don’t measure up, what is your response? Our Father created us to be truth-seekers, and unfortunately, we complicate things all too often by trying to come up with our own solutions. In my effort to reconcile situations, I subconsciously torture myself because the answer to the problem is out of my hands. The problem is that I envision the way I think things should be. Instead, I should envelope myself in the love of my all-knowing Father, Who divides each phase of my life into those “teachable moments” that He knows I need.

We are blessed to know that there is always a converse to the situations in which we find ourselves desperate and despondent. One of my favorite Bible teachers, Dr. Charles Stanley, pointed out that the recognition of our inadequacy directs us to God. What burdens can be lifted from us if we would just take the Sword of Truth to our pride and trust that our battles don’t have to be fought alone.

Let me encourage you to find peace in your inadequacy. Let your Father’s love fill the void that you feel right now. Know that He created that void and it was meant to be filled by Him only.

“God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:5b-7

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