Sitting with the Shepherd
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, (4) What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalms 8:3-4 NKJV)
The one sin that seems to stand as the root of all others is pride. Pride is what caused Adam and Eve to think, or should I say imagine that they could actually be like God knowing independently from Him good and Evil? And most people alive today labor under that same illusion. But in these verses as the Psalmist considers the works of God in creation, he was humbled to his proper place in the universe. We can be so proud, and yet there are so many things in life that we have absolutely no control over. These things include the weather, our health, other people and the day of our departure from this life. And yet our heavenly Father loves us so much that not only does He consider us, but He invites us into an intimate personal relationship with Himself through His Son. Jesus Christ Himself demonstrated the quality of humility by becoming functionally subordinate to the Father and dying on the cross so that we could be with God eternally.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV)
"Blessed are the simple in heart for they shall enjoy peace and abundance." Thomas A. Kempis
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. In which areas of your life have you chosen to set your own standards of right and wrong rather than adhering to God's?
2. How does the example set by God the Son impact you personally?
3. Are there ongoing situations in your life today that might be resolved by humbling yourself? Are you willing to try doing so in order to find out?
My Father in heaven, my God, Great, Wonderful, Almighty and Sovereign over all creation, blessed be your Holy Name. Who am I that You even consider me? And yet Abba I confess that there are times that I consider myself to be far greater than I really am. Help me, I pray, to gratefully and humbly accept my place in this universe. Thank You for sending your Son Jesus Christ to die so that I might live. Amen