Humility and Happiness
When God speaks of Himself as the God of all comfort, we are the subject of His comforting, because we are the weak ones in need of comfort. When He speaks of being our Shepherd, we are the sheep, the weak ones in need of His help just to survive. God also describes Himself as being our Heavenly Father. We are the children, the weak ones in need of a strong loving Father to take care of us in every way.
This matter of accepting our position as subordinate, and weak ones before Him, has been from the beginning of man, his greatest hindrance in his relationship with Christ. Paul, one of the most powerful and influential men of all times, found his strength in Christ when He was able to acknowledge his weaknesses before Jesus. What a difference we would see in the homes and families today if Dads were able to humble themselves before Christ, acknowledge their weaknesses, and then find their real strength in Christ Jesus. Nothing would have a more lasting impression, for spiritual good, on his wife and kids, than for Dad to display real comfort and happiness in the Lord.
"Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weakness, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses: for when I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Cor.12:9-10).
The following is from Andrew Murray:
"The highest lesson a believer has to learn is humility. Oh that every Christian who seeks to advance in holiness may remember this well! There may be intense consecration, and fervent zeal and heavenly experience, and yet, if it is not prevented by very special dealings of the Lord, there may be an unconscious self-exaltation with it all. Let us learn the lesson--the highest holiness is the deepest humility. And let us remember that it comes not of itself but only as it is made a matter of special dealing on the part of our faithful Lord and His faithful servant."
May the Lord bless you and yours today, and may you always remember that you are loved!!!
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Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!