September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

September 20, 2021

Dr. John W. Oldham, LCSW
Clergy
Scenic City District
Pastor, Simpson UMC
Pastoral Counselor, Transformation Center

 
Psalm 128:1(NIV): "Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to God."
 
James 4:10(NIV): "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and God will lift you up!"

 Devotion

"IT'S HARD TO BE HUMBLE WHEN YOU ARE AS GREAT AS I AM!"

Mac Davis as a singer had a hit song years ago called, "It's hard to be humble when you are as great as I am!"
 
Humility is a hard thing to come by these days! As a minister and pastoral counselor for over 40 years, I have discovered some people with low self -esteem and others with too much.
 
Websters defines humble as: not proud; low in rank; to lower in rank; or BLEST.
 
Psalm 128:1 is a Priestly blessing given on pilgrims arriving at the temple who revere God and live in obedience to the Lords revealed will. Thus, humility described here evolves from reverence and obedience to God!
 
Then we have the text from James 4:10, which asserts that in Christian humility comes exaltation from God. The author there instructs us that with humility God lifts us up.  Therefore, being humble in a faith and life in God is to be blest and exalted by our Lord.
 
Several years ago, Henri Nouwen wrote a book called Wounded Healer.  In it, Nouwen describes humility as being in a relationship with God that transforms us into wounded healers. We then take our hurt, pain and suffering and, through grieving and recovering, we minister to others with empathy.
 
So, won't you become or continue to be a humble wounded healer and a humble servant of God?

Let us pray

O Gracious and Humble God along with our humble Jesus, bless and exalt us with our everlasting obedience and reverence to you! AMEN!