Humble yourselves.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-8

Trust me, for the greater majority of these kids, this is their meal for the day; for the DAY.  I had three meals yesterday and was full after each meal.  I cannot look at pictures like this without feeling compassion for these young children and giving thanks for where I am and how truly blessed I am.  The first two words in the above scripture ‘humble yourselves’ seem to be more applicable to this group than to our culture.  Too often we may view being humble as being weak and dependent.  Sometimes, it seems that we get it all wrong as perhaps the one who is humble is actually the strong one; being thankful for everything.  God cares for each of His children sitting on the bench in Haiti and the one that is sitting in your chair at the moment.  He calls us to humble ourselves under Him because He desires to exalt us and care for us and as we humble ourselves that is when we truly worship Him, instead of ourselves and our achievements; it isn’t all about me.  It is all about Him.  Billy Graham was quoted as saying; “Jesus Christ comes to us every day in the form of Bibles that we do not open or in the form of Churches that we do not attend and also in the form of human need that we pass by.”  Humble yourselves.   I am closing today with the words from the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art’ that were written by a soul from Mönsterås, Sweden in 1885. 

“O Lord my God, when I'm in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made; I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.  Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee, how great Thou art!  How great Thou art!  When through the woods, and forest glades I wander, and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.  When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.  Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, how great Thou art! How great Thou art!  And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing; sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in; that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, He bled and died to take away my sin.  Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, how great Thou art! How great Thou art!  When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.  Then I shall bow, in humble adoration, and then proclaim, "My God, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee, how great Thou art! How great Thou art! "

Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.  Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Amen. 

May God be with you…Jay