Journal Entry ~ 11/9/19
9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. - Psalm 25:9-10
Humility is a word who's connotation has gotten taken over by the world. The world would have us think that humility is putting ourselves down or thinking less of ourselves. But that definition is still very "me" focused.
When we are truly humble, we think of ourselves less and others more. Being humble means placing others in a position of authority over ourselves. When we've been slighted or overlooked, when we're being taken for granted, when we're misunderstood, a loving response would be to humbly let it go. We are humbled when we recognize the only reason we're upset is because we think we're more important than we really are.
Our flesh will rise up constantly and tell us our views are right, that our opinions are best, and that our judgment is correct, but humbling ourselves means we are constantly fighting against this and pushing down those self-rising attitudes. Demonstrating humility is one of the most loving attitudes because it puts the needs and feelings of others over our own.
It can be most challenging to adopt a humble attitude while living in this broken world, where everything around us screams that we deserve our arrogant response, but we are reminded in this verse that is the humble God leads. When we’re seeking His guidance, His wisdom, His comfort, and we’re not hearing a response, we need to be sure we’re checking our attitude. He leads the humble. Is every aspect of your heart in submission to the authority in your life? Is every aspect of your heart in submission to Him?
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. We have been meditating on the love of the Lord all week. Knowing He loves us with a pursuing, everlasting kind of love can be so comforting in a world of chaos, but we can miss the second half of this verse. He is love and He is faithful to those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
So this verse would beg to question - if you’re not feeling the overwhelming love and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ, where are you not keeping his covenant or His testimonies? There’s no mistake that these two verses appear right next to each other - because far too often, it is our lack of humility that causes the failure in keeping our covenant. We want to do what we want to do, so we don’t do what He calls us to do. He calls us to spend time with His Word and memorize scripture - have we been doing that? Or have we dismissed it because we’ve had other “more important” things to do? Are you struggling in a relationship or a difficult trial? Have you humbled yourself to that person or to God in the trial?
His steadfast love and faithfulness are there for you to access any time that you want it - but you do have to humbly choose it.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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