~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 8), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
While there are many small examples we can probably think of where pride either layed us low or humility allowed for us to be lifted up . . . there are often larger life circumstances that are even more profoundly effected by pride – yet we often don’t see it! For example, marriages can be blessed and mended by the hand of God through our humility or destroyed by our pride – its our choice.
The grace of God flows in our lives when we walk in humility. There is a greater flow of His grace available for us! It is readily available for us – He wants to flow in all of our lives but because we walk in the pride that we walk in we’re not seeing it. We don’t even know what we are missing. So ask yourself this question:
Do we have all that we desire of the Lord?
Are we wanting in anything? Are we lacking in anything? According to the scriptures, we should not be lacking in anything! So if we are lacking in anything, perhaps it is possible that there is a lack of grace flowing in our life.
If we all would make the decision to throw off that which God hates (pride) and embrace that which brings the very gaze of God (humility), we would see greater blessings in our life on a daily basis!
Humiltiy literally draws the grace and the gaze of God. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.” (Isa. 66:2). The person described in Isaiah 66:2 is the person for whom God’s Word is the final authority in their life. They have said “God, you’re God and I am not – I will follow you. Apart from you, I am nothing, but with you I can do all things.” God says “that’s the person I will move on.” The Hebrew word for “look” in Isa. 66:2 is nabat which means “to scan, to look intently, to regard with pleasure, favor, and care – to have respect for.”
The humble heart draws the very gaze of God!