march 9th - Three Truths
"God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:6-10 (NKJV)
What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question made famous by the late Art Linkletter and often asked to children. If you were to ask my brother that question when he was in first grade he would have sincerely answered, "A Squirrel." Here is the point--children grow up into something, and that something will be determined by the decisions that they make. The choices that are made will have a profound effect on the quality of life in the here and now, as well as eternal implications.
In a short few verses, James rattles off three mind-blowing truths that have a huge impact on life. Three truths that set the direction of destiny in one's life. Here they are:
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. If we take these truths seriously--and we should--we need to carefully examine our hearts and make an honest evaluation of ourselves. Here is what I take home from these challenging truths:
Author's Note: Very often--too often, we stumble through life, blinded by selfish ambition. We chase after the "things" that we have decided that we just can't live without. Life is significantly better when we humble ourselves and exchange the desires of the flesh that drive us for the purposes of God. In humility we need to join with Jesus in this sentiment: "Lord, not my will but Your will be done." RJD