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Humbled by Reality


But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. I will praise You forever, because You have done it, and in the presence of Your saints I will wait on Your name, for it is good. Psalm 52:8-9

 

David, writing about Doeg, confidently says he will trust. Trust must be a choice not based on circumstances or feelings. Actually, and more likely, it will be a choice despite them. Do our feelings and circumstances ever fully align? Do circumstances create opportunities that bring us to a low place where our only response is to trust? Yes!

 

During the good times, pride mingles with belief and trust which subtly transforms our hearts. Like the frog in the water analogy, we are cooked before we know we are in danger; pride goes before a fall. If we had continued in a lowly state, there would not be much room to fall.

 

I believe a tactic of the devil is to bring us to a high place as he did with Jesus during His wilderness experience. From this high place, should pride be grasped, we eventually will stumble, trip, and come crashing down. It is here, at the bottom and humbled by reality, where God meets us to lift us out of the pride heap and put us back on the path of righteousness.  It is in this heap we will declare our trust in God's mercy. Our circumstances and our emotions are ruinous, but God is good, and His mercy endures forever.

 

A man’s pride will bring him low; but the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29;23

 

He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in is season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:3

 

Matthew 4:5-6; Proverbs 8:13, 11:2, 13:10, 16:18; James 4:6,10; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Is 51:3





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