March 12, 2016
The Lord has been speaking to me about the Beatitudes and this morning I’ve been meditating on Matthew 5:5, ‘Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.‘ NASB
I looked it up in the New Living Translation: ‘God blesses those who are humble for they will inherit the earth.‘ Hmm – that’s quite a promise.
The Message Bible provokes me to think of this Beatitude in a different way: ‘You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more and no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.’
Sometimes we have funny ideas about what humility looks like. I was thinking this morning that there are only two people in the entire Bible that are identified as humble or meek. Moses was the first and Jesus is the second. Both of them show incredible patience and compassion towards other people but both of them also had no reluctance to boldly confront unrighteousness, rebellion and hypocrisy. These are the two the Bible lifts up as ‘humble’. No weakness there….
I’m intrigued by the way the Message Bible rendered this verse: ‘You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are – no more and no less.’ Never thought about it just that way but the wisdom of that statement really strikes me this morning. Humility starts with believing that the God Who loves us created us just the way we are for His purposes. Accepting ourselves then is an act of gratitude and a recognition that He knows better than we do what we needed to be in order to fulfill our destiny. It is also an act of faith in an all loving, all wise and all knowing Heavenly Father.
That being true, I need to repent for every time I have complained to myself or anybody else about my appearance, my height, my body type, etc., etc. How foolish of me and how ungrateful. You, Lord, are the Potter, I am the clay. It’s the Potter’s right to make me however He wants to and it’s grossly unrighteous for me to complain about the creation of my Heavenly Father.
So, Lord, I repent – I really repent. Please forgive me and I choose this morning to agree with You. I confess my fleshly opinions – how wrong they were. What an arrogant thing to do!!! Forgive me for the hundreds of times I wished I was tall and slender instead of short and chubby. Lord, I’m so sorry. Please forgive me. I choose You this morning and I accept exactly how You created me. Your ways towards us are perfect – always. I choose to be ‘content with who I am’, Lord.
It never occurred to me before that this is truly the foundation of humility but it makes so much sense to me this morning. The very essence of pride is considering one’s own opinions and attitudes superior to everyone else’s, including the Lord’s! What a horrifying thought!
I repent of pride, of arrogance, of thinking You could have done a better job of fashioning me in my mother’s womb! I am appalled, Lord, at my attitude. Cleanse me, cleanse my heart of any and every opinion or attitude I have that is rooted in pride and train me in the humility of Your Beloved Son, Jesus. It’s not my outward appearance that really matters, it’s my heart. All I ask is that You conform me into the image and likeness of Your Beloved Son.
Oh Lord, You are so amazing. Thank you for speaking to me. Seal Your words in my heart.
The Lord just showed me that He created me with a need for discipline in eating in order to train me to be just as disciplined about feeding my soul with His Word. I’ve never thought of that before, never made that connection. Thank you, Holy Spirit, thank you.