Friday, October 28, 2011
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10)
10. “Humble…lift you up” The last command is a great summary of all of the verbs from 7-10. When we realize who God really is, and who we really are it should cause us to be quick to praise God, quick to serve God and quick to proclaim God to others. When we realize who God really is and who we really are it should cause us to be slow to promote ourselves, slow to praise ourselves, and slow to serve ourselves.
We have been forgiven of so much. We have been shown so much mercy and grace. In the context of this verse, the
humility is necessary for mercy and grace. What did really have to offer God? Only our sin. When we are humble enough to acknowledge our sin and ask for forgiveness, He makes us one of His kids (Galatians 4:5, Ephesians 1:5), gives us eternal life, and makes us heirs to an incredible inheritance (Romans 8:17).
The command to “humble” really summarizes what all the other commands were saying. To humble ourselves we submit to God, resist the devil, draw night to God, cleanse our hands, purify our hearts, and mourn over our sin. What does humbling yourself in the sight of God look like for you today?