by: FCC Staff
It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory.
When we are young, we seek affirmations from our parents, teachers, friends, and family. We want to get the gold star, the good grade, show off how much we have grown, how fast we can run, the new trick we can do on our skateboard, or share a factoid we learned at school. In children this is endearing, but as we mature, we should begin to see our talents and treasures as things we can use in the service of others, not just to bring us glory.
The prophet Jeremiah brought the Word of the Lord to Israel and taught them, “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
It certainly is better to be humble than proud and full of ourselves. Paul gave us a great example of this when he shared with the Corinthian church his struggles with an area of his life God had chosen to not grant him deliverance. “To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12: 7-10)
Paul reveals to us an amazing mystery of serving Christ, that in our weakness, Christ reveals his strength. Also it is interesting to see that Paul credits this “thorn in the flesh” with accomplishing something positive for him-it was helping him from becoming conceited! When we are struggling, we naturally go before God for deliverance, but Paul shows us the power of radical humility before Christ, that we may actually come to see how something we struggle with, God can use for our good.
So today, let’s seek to be humble, and if we are to boast, let’s boast in how Christ uses our weakness to reveal his glory.
Prayer for Today
Father keep me humble, and allow me by your grace to see how the trials I face today reflect your purpose and glory. By your Holy Spirit renew my faith so that I may trust in your will and your purpose. Jesus, I know you can deliver me from all things. Give me the wisdom to see the lesson in the things You ask me to endure. My faith and my hope are in you, Lord, Amen.