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That He Might Humble You

April 8, 2018

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That He Might Humble You

Many people tend  to feel rather sure  of themselves  when it comes to knowing what they want  —  how they want it  —  and when they want it.     People  naturally think  they surely know what is best for them.     And of course,  they think what is “best” needs  to include good health,  some wealth,  etc.

But,  our LORD knows  we are only thinking this  from a very worldly outlook  on life.     Our sinful natures usually  do not first think  of the importance  of trusting  and obeying God Almighty,  as our very most top priority.     Trusting and obeying God  is an absolute necessity  because we are living  in a very deceitful  and sinful world.     So,  in love  our LORD knows  He needs  to teach us  the most important things  leading to eternal life.

That is when  we often think we don’t want  to be in God’s school.     It can be really tough  learning the lessons  of trusting and obeying.     Deuteronomy, chapter 8 explains  God’s methods  in giving us  the right understanding  of how we need  to make our way  through this earthly life.

Moses had helped the Israelites  throughout their travels  in the wilderness  after God had freed them  from slavery  in Egypt.     They had experienced  many challenges  and were getting ready  to enter the Promised Land.     That’s when Moses taught the people  about how God teaches us all  to stay on the path  to eternal life.     Moses said  in Deuteronomy 8:2-3,

You shall remember  all the way  which the Lord your God  has led you  in the wilderness  these forty years,  that He might humble you,  testing you,  to know  what was in your heart,  whether you would keep  His commandments  or not.      He humbled you  and let you be hungry,  and fed you  with manna  which you did not know,  nor did your fathers know,  that He might make you understand  that man does not live  by bread alone,  but man lives  by everything that proceeds  out of the mouth  of the Lord.  

Everybody needs  to become “humble”  before the Lord  in order to learn  to trust  and obey.     The Israelites were “humbled”  when they had nothing to eat  in the wilderness.     God knows how to “humble”  us  with so many different challenges  in our lives.     We can have problems that only God  can resolve.     Humbly asking God for help  and remembering  how God has cared for us  in the past  leads us  to trust and praise God  as we ought.

When we humbly trust God,  He will lead  and care for us  in the way  that is eternally good  for us.     1 Peter 5:6-7 tells us to,

Humble yourselves,  therefore,  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may exalt you  at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety  upon Him,  because He cares  for you.

God’s love allows us  to have troubles,  so we can learn  to honestly trust and obey.     Humbly looking  to God  for all our needs,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your ways are eternally good  for us.     Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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