The Holy Spirit is guiding me to look closely at my countenance and the true condition of my heart. God’s Word says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jer 17:9) The answer is God sees what is in our hearts. “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.'” (1 Sam 16:7)
I’ve been reading a book by Jerry Bridges called “The Blessing of Humility”. The Lord doesn’t suggest that we be humble; He commands us to. “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet 5:5b-6).
His precept (command) is to be (1) submissive to one another; (2) clothed with humility; and (3) humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand. He declares that He resists the proud, which are all of us who neglect to recognize how spiritually impoverished we truly are. We have nothing to offer to God because He made everything. But what He desires is worshipping Him in Spirit and truth (John 4:24).
His promise is that He gives His grace to the humble. He promises to give me all the grace I need to be able to walk in humility. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor 9:8)
God is able and willing to supply me with His full supply of grace so that I have His abounding sufficiency to walk in humility. It is when we are submissive to others and to God while clothing ourselves in humility that He is able to use us for His glory. Thank You, Lord, for Your abounding grace and mercy so that I may walk as You teach me to walk for Your glory. Amen!