The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”… (2 Ch 12:6).
It’s easy to be humble when the pressure is on, isn’t it? Life comes tumbling down upon us and our circumstances put us in a low position of humility. Yes, it’s true we can try to stand tall and in our pride, never actually humble ourselves, but, at least for me, it’s much easier for me to stay humble and contrite in Spirit when the pressure is on.
I think that’s why the Lord is constantly putting me in these situations where my pride is pressed so that I’ll keep myself low and humble before Him. Truth be told, I can easily start to puff myself up, thinking much too highly of myself. Much like King Rehoboam did.
In 2nd Chronicles 13 we see that King Rehoboam finally humbles himself and seeks the Lord after he realizes that without God, he’s going to lose an impending battle. Charles Spurgeon comments about King Rehoboam, he says, “There was not anything real and permanent in his religion; it did not hold him. He held it sometimes, but it never held him.”
What does it mean for us to be held by God? To have our faith in Christ be what holds us, instead of us attempting to only hold our faith when needed? I think it means just that. It means we stay put in our Father’s embrace when we start to feel afraid. It means we don’t run from His grip out of fear, insecurity or control. It means we stay humble only moving at His command.
Maybe for me, life become a lot more complicated because I kept trying to run my own show. Maybe it got the point it did because I didn’t allow Jesus to hold me, but instead tried to hold Him with all my plans and ideas of what He should be for me.
Father, forgive us for such an unrighteous attitude. Change our hearts, so that we grow into your likeness. May we stay humble with you, even when the pressure isn’t on, in Jesus name, Amen.