Week 1: HUMBLE ME
by: Trina Clayton, LAMB (US) Administrative Assistant
There’s something about going outside of your comfort zone, doing something unfamiliar or difficult that has a way of humbling you. You can’t help but acknowledge what you don’t know on your own.
I find it so ironic that I chose to write a devotion on humility because it has been so very humbling for me to do so. Spiritual writing is not exactly my area of expertise so when I found myself in this particular uncomfortable place, I was reminded that I am not doing anything difficult without God.
But what about the easier, routine stuff we do without much thought? Our human nature celebrates independence and self-sufficiency—especially when we think we know what we are doing. We like feeling proud and important.
Isaiah 55:9 pushes us, though, to look to God’s ways and God’s thoughts—all the time—above and beyond our own because His ways and His thoughts are always better. The truth is, God doesn’t want us to do ANYTHING without Him.
Any understanding or influence we might have here on earth needs to be given by God Himself, the workings of His Holy Spirit in us and through us. God promises us over and over again that yielding to Him shows the world how wonderfully different He works and thinks than what comes naturally and normal for us.
When it comes to the things we do and think, and the ways we serve others, it’s far better to have no reputation at all than to attain great things on our own power.
As Christ followers, we can celebrate humility—
Because humility opens our hearts and minds to our need for God, and the ways He wants to stretch us and empower us to live into the beautiful people He has created us to be, now and forever. Jesus is our perfect example.
Question: How might God be using an uncomfortable place or situation in your life today to humble you, to draw you closer to Him, and to grow your perspective?
Lord, I praise you because your ways are higher than my ways. Help me to be humble so that I am open to your leading. Show me the places that you are using my discomfort to draw me closer to you. I pray your kingdom would come and your will would be done in me and through me in my everyday life—on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus' name, Amen.