Learning Humility

Have you ever had a time where things seemed to be going so good for you, and then all of the sudden something happens and it all comes to a screeching halt? I won’t speak for you, but oftentimes when that happens to me, it happens right around the time I start thinking “I’ve got this.” In the south at least, that’s what’s called getting too big for your britches. This isn’t something new. It’s something we see over and over in Scripture, including in our text for today in our series, Blogging Through The Bible In 2020. Deuteronomy 8:3 says, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”

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God through Moses is revealing an important truth for us here, we need to learn humility. We need to remember that we are dependent upon God for all things, not just some things. Jesus quotes this verse during His time in the wilderness being tempted in Matthew 4. Later in the New Testament, James reminds us in James 4:6, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” In this situation, we learn that trying times can come to God’s children as a way to keep us humble. They can teach us that we aren’t self-sufficient. They come to remind us of our desperation, and dependence. But they also remind us of the all-sufficiency, all-powerfulness, and the grace of God. Yes, Israel suffered hunger in the wilderness; but God also demonstrated His grace by providing food for them.

I look at what is going on in the world right now, and I can’t help but wonder if God isn’t trying to not only get our attention, but also remind us of who we are and more importantly, who He is. If you look in the Bible, you will see that God had already recorded these “common sense” approaches. The idea of washing our hands, putting other’s needs in front of our own needs, and serving one another are all throughout the Bible. We all know that we need to slow down, but yet we never actually slow down. The Bible reveals that God built into us a steady rhythm of work and rest. He also warned us over and over of the consequences of not doing so. As a whole, the world has been trying to eradicate God from every square of our lives, and yet when we get faced with a crazy pandemic, suddenly people want to call for prayer. Please don’t misunderstand me, a call to prayer is the smartest call we can make. At Westlake this past Sunday, we spent more time in prayer. My heart’s desire in this is that this won’t turn into another September 12th. The day after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, we saw people realizing their own mortality. Our nation became a little kinder and gentler for a while. In many respects, we are seeing it again, except in the political arena and news (which should tell us all something about those who are supposed to be working for us). My prayer is that as God humbles us as a people, we will lovingly surrender and submit to Him not for a season, but for the rest of our lives. We are in a trying time filled with pain right now. I have no idea when it is going to slow down or even come to a halt. But I do know that there is One who knows the answer to that question and much, much more. He is the One who can use all things, including bad things, and turn them around for His glory and our good. He is the Lord. So, let us seek Him and His wisdom. Let’s allow God to humble us, so that in due time He can heal us and restore us.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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