Humility is the word of the day. God tells us over and over in His Word that He is God and we are not. He wants our worship. He wants us to remember who He is. He wants us to be thankful. He loves us and wants so much for us. But to get God’s best we need to be humble. I see this theme of humility in all four readings for today:
In 1 Chronicles 12, verse 7
When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance.
In Zephaniah 3, starting in verse 11
On that day you, Jerusalem, will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me,
because I will remove from you your arrogant boasters.
Never again will you be haughty on my holy hill.
In John 1, starting in verse 24
Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
And finally in Revelation 2, starting in verse 4
Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Lord, you are the creator of the universe.
“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.“
And yet you give us an opportunity to be children of God. A privilege I often take for granted, but if I take time to ponder it I am amazed – and humbled.
Lord, I know that at times I have forsaken the love I had at first. But right now, in this moment, I bow to you and repent of my pride. I humble myself before you. And you call me your child and grant me your peace.