“Learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29
“Be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud — but gives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
Those who are haughty and self-conceited rush against the mighty hand of God and destroy themselves, but those that are humbled under it will be protected by the same. Whatever knowledge or skill we may obtain in the schools of human learning, the Scripture does not allow us to be truly wise — but calls us blind and mere worldly students until we learn to be poor in spirit, lowly in heart, and dead to the world (Proverbs 11:2; 1 Corinthians 1 and 2).
Therefore, the more a man dies to this world, the more he is enlightened and the more he lives to Christ and becomes one with Him. Naturally, we love pride and hate humility. But in proportion, as we are taught by the Spirit of God, we admire, long, and pray for humility. The dust is our proper place, and the lower we lie, the happier and holier we shall be.
Nature was ruined by pride, and it is restored by humility. Better, therefore, to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud. “Walk humbly with your God.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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