Friday, September 8th
Devotional written by Pastor Brian Howard, Teaching Pastor
We close out our week reflecting on David’s song by noticing a key principle: God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. When facing our enemies in this life, our great temptation is to rely on our strength and push away those who seek to help us. “Back away, I’ve got this on my own” is the anthem of the prideful man. David understands that this path only leads to ruin and that the only path that leads to life is the path of humbling yourself in the sight of the Lord.
If you want to see God move powerfully on your behalf, you must humble yourself before Him. Humbling yourself is not an emotion you feel, but an action you do. It is not about feeling less important or discussing how you are no good. That kind of self-talk sounds like humility but is just posturing. Humbling yourself is about intentionally seeking help in a way that shows your weakness, dependence, vulnerability, and need. Only when we reach out for help, to God and others, do we begin to experience the promise that if we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, in due season, He will raise us up (1 Peter 5:6).
As you close out this week, I encourage you to seek help with whatever you are facing. First, cry out to God and lay your worries and fears before Him. Tell Him how much you need Him and ask for Godly wisdom and courage. Then, reach out to someone you know and trust for help. Doing so may be uncomfortable because you have trained yourself to be self-sufficient, but pushing through that discomfort and humbling yourself is where breakthrough happens. Be like David, who was not too proud to ask for help, and you will experience the blessing of the promise that God will raise you up!
For Today: Humble yourself before the Lord, then push through your pride and ask someone you trust for help.