Humble God, Humble Servant

How often do we approach God with our lists of "needs" instead of humbly coming before our creator, ready to listen? I am very guilty of this. Francis Chan has a book called Crazy Love, and in it, the first suggestion he makes is that we stop praying, stop talking at God and take a long hard look at him before we utter one word. To do this, we have to be humbled before him and let's face it, that's not a common characteristic in our American culture. I have everything I need or want at my disposal, and I think sometimes I treat God like a customer service representative. "Hey God, I know you are good and do good things so this is what needs to happen".

How dare I. 

God does not exist to serve me and I would do well to remember it. He owe's me nothing. Every good thing in my life comes from his hand of mercy. Knowing that I am owed nothing but have been given everything should leave me speechless in His presence. Oh, don't get me wrong here. I love talking with my Savior. After all, what's a relationship without communication? I share my pain with him, my requests, my desires. He knows every single thought. I guess what I am saying is that I sometimes need to remind myself to stop talking, stop requesting, stop demanding, to just...stop...and humble myself before my God.

Humility is not a sign of weakness. Humility is the character of Christ. Without humility I will not love, will not serve, will not be a true follower. God doesn't require humility of me because he needs to be reminded who he is. He requires humility from me because I need to be reminded who he is.  I am not my own God but believe me, without a humble heart I will start to believe it. What would change in our culture if we all, every one of us, decided to walk humbly before our God and let him speak instead of always demanding that he listen. The world is going to know who he is, whether they want to or not. The best thing I can do is walk humbly before him, and allow my heart to break when people don't choose him. The most important thing I can do is get out of his way.

I owe him everything friends...everything. He  has rescued me from hopelessness, despair, rage, hate, lust, idolatry, jealousy, addiction, dishonesty...the list is endless. When I see that list before me, it's a little harder to make demands. Really, all that's left is silence. My humble silence and his presence. I used to say that when I got to Heaven I was going to ask Jesus all these questions and finally get all these answers. Today, the only thing I can picture myself doing when I finally get to see my Savior for the first time, is falling on my face at his feet unable to come up with a single word to speak.

He owes me no answers, he owes me nothing ...and I will offer him everything.

My hands have made both heaven and earth; they and everything in them are mine. I, the Lord, have spoken! I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. Isaiah 66:2

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