Are there two words that mean more than these two in our vocabulary?
They are like a wrecking ball, a 2×4 upside the noggin, or a tsunami about to hit shore. Or conversely it can be the touch of a loving hand at just the right time, a gentle word that turns away wrath, an ordinance specialist dismantling a highly explosive bomb, a heralded arrival of Father’s Glory, or a soothing balm. They both show a side of things often forgotten. They reveal a nature outside our own. They highlight a sovereign, loving Father whose ways are far above our ways.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Cor 1:27 NIV
Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. Phil 2:27 NIV
But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, Eph 2:4 NASB
So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Gal 4:7 NIV
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 1 Cor 3:6 NASB
“The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us? Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy—namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us and the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement.” John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life, 34.
“God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).
“Show true humility toward all.” Think about that for a minute. What does that look like, true humility to everyone? We live in a very proud nation. We’re proud to be Americans, proud to live in such a beautiful state as Colorado, proud of our families, our pets, jobs, kids, sports teams just to name a few. But, are we living how we were called?
Here are a few more things to think about from the Bible on humility:
“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor” (Proverbs 29:23).
“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2).
“If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:12-14).
Pride leads to humiliation and disgrace. Humility brings honor, wisdom and good works.
I’ve always said that it’s important to take pride in your hard work for example, but I can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. Instead we are told to “work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” (Colossians 3:23). I think I’m going to have to re-evaluate my entire life view after writing this.
What does it really look like to live in humility?
Guest Post- Rachel Theobald
Numbers may as well have been entitled “Rebellion and Grumblings.”
Over and over again, the contrast between Father’s faithfulness and Israel’s faithlessness erupt.
Think of all the stories where the people’s rebellion brought difficulty and discipline to the newly emancipated slaves:
*Mariam and Aaron’s defiance of Moses leadership. Mariam’s ensuing leprosy.
*Fussing about Moses and Aaron being in charge and the staff that budded.
*Mannah provided every morning. Because of complaining.
*Quail coming out their noses. See above reason.
*Unbelieving spies not trusting God and 40 years of needless wandering.
*Not having water to drink and Moses struggle with people, caused Moses to sin against God.
*Phinehas running a spear through a man and foreign woman for having sex in the camp. Incidently, a plague did stop after that.
*Balaks hiring of Balaam to curse the Israelites and not able to.
Our friends test God at every level, even while God is providing for their needs.
How often is my ‘grumble-ometer’ totally pegged on overload and Father continues to show himself faithful? Numbers 14:18-19 says, “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love, and forgiving sin.”
The words we use either bless folks or curse them. We have learned that it is better to bless, to encourage, to pray for, to forgive, to love, to bring life, and to see success in our selves, relationships, families, and town. The above picture shows some of our churches favorite scripture. It is a small silver scroll found in 1979 in the desert of Israel. Marked as the most significant archaeological find ever, it dates back to the 7th century BCE. The paleo-Hebrew scrawl says, “May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you, May the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace” Numbers 6:22-24 affectionately called the Priestly Blessing or Aaronic Blessing.