Humbleness - Sometimes It Is
Thrust Upon Us

Humbleness, as used here, is a reference to thinking of yourself in realistic or low terms. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13 is that "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."

In this devotional, let's focus on how humbleness can be trust upon us. In this world, if you do not have money, people have a way of telling you that you are not much.

The tens of thousands of children who are being raised by single parents, often by the mother, and often in poverty are often told by this world that they are not much. If you do not have the right type of cloths, cars, houses, and stuff, this world minimizes you.

If you do not have the right letters behind your name, or the right title in front of your name, and surely if you are not the right color, gender, and have the right sexual preference, this world has a way of looking down on you, whether you seek to be lowly in thought or not.

We will come back to this point, in the series, but let me say the following now: no matter how little you have, if you belong to God, if you are saved, if you have accepted Jesus as your savior by faith (see Jn. 3:16), you have more than the richest person who doesn't have Jesus in his or her life.

If we were in church, I would ask for an "amen" right here (smile).

Self Examination
1. Describe one or two ways in which the world almost forces low thinking on you, because of something that you don't have.

2. How does knowing that you are saved impact your dealing with how the world treats you?

Prayer
Great and awesome God, the One who loves me, even when the world mistreats me, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You have kept me, in spite of my many short comings and in the midst of having "humbleness" thrust upon me.

I confess that too often I have allowed what the world says about me to have too much sway over my thinking. Please forgive me of this and my many other sins. Help me to live according to Your perfect will for my life. In Jesus' name, amen.

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