Humility: Life’s Lie Detector
Speaking to the faithful followers, Jesus said…”If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
The words of Jesus surpass all the learning of the philosophers and the wise of this world. Therefore, how can his words be measured by the understanding of humanity? They are not meant to be brought forth for worthless praise and approval, but to be listened to in silence and received with all humility and great affection.
Those instructed by God’s words will never be alone in this world. However, most people are more willing to listen to the world than to God, and they would rather follow the desires of their flesh than seek after God’s good pleasure. The world promises things that are temporary and inferior, and is pursued with great eagerness. The proclamations of God promises things that are most high and eternal, yet the hearts of people are not receptive. Be ashamed, all who are lazy and complaining, you are choosing to be eager for separation from the God of all creation, the source of all real, eternal worth and honor than for adoption into God’s family, an heir of his kingdom. The Lord says: My promises deceive no one, and sends no one away empty, who trusts in me! What God has promised God will give and what God said God will make good to all who are found to be faithful in his love. Assuredly, God is the one who rewards all good people, and the strong approver of all who are devoted to him and his promises. We should write God’s words upon our hearts and meditate diligently upon them daily and throughout each day and at the end of each day. Why? In the time of temptation, his promises offer what will be necessary for us to overcome all temptation we may face.
God calls us to walk before Him in truth and to always seek him with a simple or sincere heart. All who walk before God in truth will be guarded against the assault of the evil that prevails in this world, and the truth will free them from the seduction and slander of the people attached to this world’s promises that are intended to satisfy worldly power, prestige and pleasure.
In truth, unless we think upon the eternal, what we are always moves us toward being and doing nothing on our own – we are quickly depressed, quickly overcome, quickly confused, and quickly destroyed. We have nothing in which we can glory. However, in truth, we have many things for which we should consider as wicked; we are much weaker than we are able to understand. Therefore, let nothing that we do seem so important, nothing so valuable and so wonderful, nothing so worth praising, nothing so truly commendable and desirable that we ignore the eternal promises of God. Let only eternal truth please us above all things, and let our own unworthiness always displease us. Fear nothing, blame nothing, and flee nothing as much as our faults and sins, which should be more displeasing to us than losing what the world holds dear: power, prestige and pleasure.
My daily prayer: O Lord my God, you alone are to me whatever is good, and who am I that I should dare speak to you? I am your poorest and most inferior servant, and a most wicked person, much poorer and contemptible than I can or dare express. Yet, you remember me, O Lord, because I am nothing, I have nothing, I can do nothing. You alone are good, just, and holy. you can do all things. You accomplish all things. You fill all things, only the sinner you leave empty. Remember your mercies and fill my heart with your grace, for it is not your will that your works should be void and worthless. How can I uphold myself in this difficult life unless you strengthen me with your mercy and grace? Do not turn your face from me, do not delay the day of your visit, do not withdraw your consolation, for fear that my soul becomes as a thirsty land to you. Teach me, O Lord, to do your will, teach me to worthily in your sight. For you are my wisdom. You truly know me. You knew me before the world was made and before I was born into it. Thank you, O Lord, for loving me, the poorest and least worthy of all sinners. And may your grace overflow upon me and onto my family so that they may be found blessed by you, O Lord. Amen.
For additional reading: Psalm 69:17; 94:12-13; John 6:63-64; Hebrews 1:1; 3:7-8; 4:16; Romans 1:16; 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Genesis 17:1-2; 18:27; Matthew 5:6; 24:35; 25:21; Revelation 2:23; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 1:4; 6:14; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15