He is able to humble those who walk in pride (Daniel 4:36)
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)
During my devotion time this morning, God reminded me to continue my journey through the book of Daniel which I started earlier this month, but I got a little sidetracked until I picked it back up again this morning. All I can say is if you have not read the book of Daniel recently, I encourage you to do so during this dry valley of a season we are all enduring. I am being reminded daily as I watch what is happening around the world, that we are out of control and the only One that is in control is the Most High, our Heavenly Father.
This is truly a humbling experience for those who know, believe, study and read the Word. This is a time of deep reflection, a sobering reality and a time for great sifting and shifting, if we really acknowledge what is going on. This is a time to order our steps, to focus on our relationship with God, to solidify our belief in our Savior, and to become more spiritually aligned to Him if we choose to open our eyes. And this is a time to ensure we starve pride and eat that humble pie.
As I read through the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, I thought about my own journey and times when I was humbled under His Mighty Hand and how it deepened my walk with Him. I remember times when I allowed pride to take residence in my spirit and how God disciplined me like a loving Father in order for me to submit my life to His will. I remember how painful that process was, but also how freeing as it relinquished the imaginary “control” that I thought I had.
When my hands and eyes moved from Daniel to the book of Luke, I read Jesus’ teaching on humility from the parable of the large banquet and it brought to mind so much, too much to discuss in writing but it reminded me once more how imperative it is for us to stay humble, especially now. I then thought to myself, “If humility was not a necessary requirement for our walk in this world, it would not have been mentioned over 70 times in the Bible.”
We do not know it all, God does. We are not in control, God is. We do not have it all together, God does. We cannot fix everything, God can and We are not the highest order, He is!
Stay Encouraged and Stay Humble under His Mighty Hand!