Genuine Humility

In the book of Ezekiel God continues to pronounce judgment upon the other nations that had rejected Him. Instead of talking about that, I thought I’d share a quote from a book I’m reading called “Essentials of Prayer” by E.M. Bounds. In a chapter on humility he quotes John Newton, elder brother of Fig, (OK, that’s not true) who wrote this: “If two angels were to receive, at the same moment, a commission from God, one to go down and rule earth’s grandest empire, the other to go and sweep the streets of its poorest village, it would be a matter of entire indifference to each which service fell to his lot, the post of ruler or the post of scavenger; for the joy of the angels lies only in obedience to God’s will, and with equal joy they would lift a Lazarus in his rags to Abraham’s bosom, or be a chariot of fire to carry an Elijah home.”

If you’re not familiar with the bible you might not get the last part of that sentence but you understand that the idea is that whatever our situation in life, whatever God asks us to do, the joy comes from the doing, not from what we are asked to do. I think this would have resonated with Ezekiel as he was asked by God to do a lot of very difficult things. How about you? Are you content to do what God asks you to do or are you given to complain about what you’re asked to do…either that you’re asked to do too much or not enough? Genuine humility leads us to see ourselves as servants of the most high God, and willing to do what He asks.

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