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Isaiah 2:12, 17
12 For the Lord of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up and high . . .
17 The haughtiness of people shall be humbled,
and the pride of everyone shall be brought low;
and the Lord alone will be exalted on that day.
“Hitting ‘rock bottom’ and coming to an end of my own best thinking was the best thing that has ever happened to me.” Some of my friends who are working the 12 Steps have often told me this. It is also true for me.
One of my life-verses is John 15.5, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” I know the truth of Jesus’ words and I know that any good thing in my life is a product of his work in and through me.
Even though I confess my dependence on God, pride is clearly a part of my life, too. Why does God resist this aspect of my life?
God knows this about us. He knows that human pride and self-sufficiency keeps us from a relationship with him. He knows that broken people are great candidates for a relationship with him. Isaiah 57:15 makes this very clear.
For thus says the high and lofty one
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite.
When we submit to God in recognition of his greatness and his right to rule in our lives, then friendship with God is the result.
When we attempt to exalt ourselves we will become nothing. However, to submit to the exalted Lord is to know ourselves picked up, declared his child, and made one of his agents in the universe.
Dear God, please mold me in such a way that I recognize your greatness and right to rule in my life. May I know true friendship with you that comes from humbling following your directions today.
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