Humble or Defiant?

I want to share the “My Utmost for His Highest” devotional with whoever will read it this morning. It touched my heart in a corrective way. I sometimes think that I am some kind of Jonah – that I am unworthy and that I am pretty much a failure at truly giving glory and honor to the Lord. The truth is we know in Jesus that all of us have died and our life is hidden in Him. It is not about past performance, though we are to certainly be aware of sin and to put to death the works of the flesh, and take up our cross and follow Him. But the truth is we must also rest in who we are in Him. We must trust that He is able to truly change us and make us more like Him.

I was reading this morning in Exodus 33-34 and God told Moses that He would, though they didn’t deserve it, go with the stubborn people of Israel. Here’s God’s “final answer” to His humble servant Moses – “And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 While reading through the Old Testament I realized how this related to our rest in Christ which Hebrews 4 talks about. I realized I had been striving and not resting. Even my sham humility (for me it goes like, “I’m no good, I’m no good, baby I’m no good”) was really a kind defiance because I was making me my own measuring stick and not the reality of who I am in Jesus and what His power in a single life can do.

I hope, if you sometimes struggle with things like this, that the truth of God’s Word and the wise words of this old saint will be a blessing and help to you today.

By the grace of God I am what I am

– November 30th – “My Utmost for His Highest” – Oswald Chambers

His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain. 1 Cor. 15:10.

The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. The deploring of our own incompetence is a slander against God for having overlooked us. Get into the habit of examining in the sight of God the things that sound humble before men, and you will be amazed at how staggeringly impertinent they are. ‘Oh, I shouldn’t like to say I am sanctified; I’m not a saint.’ Say that before God; and it means—‘No, Lord, it is impossible for You to save and sanctify me; there are chances I have not had; so many imperfections in my brain and body; no, Lord, it isn’t possible.’ That may sound wonderfully humble before men, but before God it is an attitude of defiance.

Again, the things that sound humble before God may sound the opposite before men. To say—‘Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,’ is in the sight of God the acme of humility, it means you have so completely abandoned yourself to God that you know He is true. Never bother your head as to whether what you say sounds humble before men or not, but always be humble before God, and let Him be all in all.

There is only one relationship that matters, and that is your personal relationship to a personal Redeemer and Lord. Let everything else go, but maintain that at all costs, and God will fulfil His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purpose, and yours may be that life.

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