God has a way of humbling me. He reminds me over and over again who it is that is in control of my life, and it’s not me. Perhaps I should be glad that I am not the one calling the shots. Some days though I act like I know what’s best. But when it all comes down to the thick and thin of life, without the strength of the Lord, I would not have been able to endure much of what life has brought my way.
I’ve been pondering this scripture this week. I cannot say with all honesty that I can yet shout this one from the roof tops. Oh, I believe that with Christ and His strength I can do all things. But it’s the first part, the being brought low, and believing STILL that He is working His strength in those moments. And learning the secret of facing hunger? I am ashamed to say that I’ve been known to complain when money was short and we needed a few pantry items and didn’t have the money to get them. Yet, there are children starving in a neighboring town as well as around the world. What do I have to complain about?
I do really well at the abounding and plenty part. I am quick to give God praise and go along my merry little way. But I am striving to know, in those moments of lack, of want, of hunger that He is close to me. I long to feel His strength in those moments, not my strength mixed with His, because I have none.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13)
In this season of thanksgiving, I am thankful that God continues to humble me. I must be brought low so that I can see higher, climb higher and understand that truly I only have that which He gives me the strength to possess. So today, I am thankful for my lack, for my want, for my need. I am thankful that He continually brings me to a place of recognizing my need of Him. How great that need is! For without Him, I truly have nothing.
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