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.”

Almost everything visible and invisible in our lives is a tool in the Hand of God. He is so masterful in displaying us that His Eye is meticulously watching more than every single a single of His young children. Innumerable occasions in Scripture and in our everyday experiences we see how He makes use of the unexpected and unthinkable to confirm what He has been quietly functioning in our hearts. The only query is regardless of whether we select to respond to the prodding of that nonetheless, smaller voice, or continue to stroll our personal path. Proverbs 12:15 reminds us, “The way of a fool is suitable in his personal eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is smart.”

If we are living in suitable partnership with God, and in everyday obedience to Him, the occasions in involving these experiences can be pretty disconcerting. Certain, it is discouraging when we do not “feel” God. But, a single of the added benefits to these occasional occasions of silence is the constructing up of our faith. In Sunday college we had a discussion about how we can retain a close partnership with God – how can we retain ourselves from drifting away? Just as in any partnership, the way you get to know somebody is 1st communicating with them. When communication ceases, the partnership deteriorates.

As somebody in my class pointed out, if we are not attentive to our partnership with God, our drifting from Him can considerably have an effect on the subsequent generation’s point of view of our faith, and in the end, their personal. If we obtain ourselves compartmentalizing our lives, in such a way that our church attendance is separate from our domestic life, we disallow God’s leadership and at some point come to a location exactly where we recognize we are helpless – and hopeless – without having Him.

When you obtain that you do not measure up, what is your response? Our Father made us to be truth-seekers, and regrettably, we complicate issues all also typically by attempting to come up with our personal options. In my work to reconcile scenarios, I subconsciously torture myself simply because the answer to the dilemma is out of my hands. The dilemma is that I envision the way I feel issues ought to be. Rather, I ought to envelope myself in the appreciate of my all-realizing Father, Who divides every single phase of my life into these “teachable moments” that He knows I will need.

We are blessed to know that there is generally a converse to the scenarios in which we obtain ourselves desperate and despondent. 1 of my favored 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 do not have to be fought alone.

Let me encourage you to obtain peace in your inadequacy. Let your Father’s appreciate fill the void that you really feel suitable now. Know that He made that void and it was meant to be filled by Him only.

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


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