My friend, may I ask you a question? Have you ever felt ashamed at times of your reliance on the God who is capable of handling any problem you might have? Does pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps seems the better choice, since that’s what we think most people want to hear?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
My friend, have you ever had this experience? Something goes wrong in life; perhaps there's a major decision to be made, or you face a road that must be walked and it’s strange, new, even mysterious? What do most of us do in these instances? I think that it's likely most will share their concerns, fears and misgivings with a friend. There will probably be an exchange of empathy, even a tidbit here and there of advice. But inside you are moved to comment: “Perhaps I should take this to the Lord and let him guide me?” You think about that for a moment , but then you place yourself in your friends shoes. They don’t want to hear those holy platitudes. They know that I was just reciting something that sounds good from a Christian perspective? So, instead of baring your soul in humility, you hide your feelings, not willing to embarrass yourself or, perhaps, your friend. Eventually your friend walks away and you’re once again alone. Let me ask you this. Is it easy to lift your eyes up to heaven from where your help really will come, or are you more comfortable casting a glance downward in shame that you didn’t give God the glory in your hour of need?
All of us have experienced these feelings from time to time, ashamed of our reliance on the God who is capable of handling any problem we might have. But, pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps seems the better choice, since that’s what we think most people want to hear?
Oswald Chambers writes: “… you came to a crisis when you made a stand for God and had the witness of the Spirit that all was right, … and you are slowly coming to the conclusion, ‘Well, after all, was I not a bit too pretentious? Was I not taking a stand a bit too high?’ Your rational friends come and say – ‘Don’t be a fool, we knew when you talked about this spiritual awakening that it was a passing impulse, you can’t keep up the strain, God does not expect you to.’ And you say – ‘Well, I suppose I was expecting too much.’ It sounds humble to say it, but it means that reliance on God has gone and reliance on worldly opinion has come in. The danger is lest, no longer relying on God, you ignore the lifting up of your eyes to Him.”
The Psalmist writes. “As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy” (Psalm 123:2) Humility is a good thing and as Christians we should always be willing to make that the focus of daily living. However, when it comes to whether we look up to the heavens from where our help will come, or be content with feeling guilty about not asking in the first place, humility is out of place. There is nothing pretentious about giving God the glory and making it known that you are seeking his guidance in all matters of life that require decision. When you make it known that you will be looking upward for your answers, it really doesn’t matter what anyone else might think about your motivation. You and I are here to glorify our Father in Heaven. Seeking his guidance in all things is not only wise, it’s expected. Humility directed to your God is entirely in place, while humility projected away from him is never acceptable. Give God the glory and avoid the downcast spirit.
We pray. Heavenly Father, you have promised that you will always be there for us and that there is nothing we will be denied if it will benefit us. Yet, we still reach for our bootstraps feeling that’s what is expect of us. Forgive us Lord. May we always look up to the heavens from where our help comes, enslaved by the glory, grace and love that waits for us there. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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