In the Word
“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you — majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:11
Of the Word
In a culture where inflated résumés and GPAs are the norm, humility lies largely forgotten. We’re told to tout our triumphs and fill in the gaps with positive — if not positively true — accomplishments. As Mother Teresa once observed, however, “It is our emptiness and lowliness that God needs and not our fullness.”
Humility brings us face to face with ourselves, emptying us of our pretenses, our self-pride, our claims to power. Then it shows us Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection bridges heaven and earth. Through Him, we have access to God our Father, whose power and authority reign supreme. We have received the Holy Spirit, whose wisdom goes far beyond anything we could even imagine. We cling to the genuine merits of Jesus Christ, our God and our Friend, whose love for us knows no bounds.
Yes, humility puts us in our place — which is right where God wants us so He can lift us and fill us with His wisdom. A humble spirit praises Him, not from the emptiness of its accomplishments, but from the fullness of His love.
Walking with my Lord
Grant me a meek and lowly heart, O Lord,
So You can fill it with Your love, according to Your Word. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Mustard Seed: Living in Praise. Author: Patricia Mitchell. 6/32 ©2007 Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, 801 Seminary Place Ste. L010, St. Louis, MO 63105 www.lwml.org
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