Recovery: It's a God Thing
Saturday July 02, 2016
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Psalm 43, Proverbs 17; Zechariah 12
“Humility is one of humanity’s most elusive and attractive characteristics. While we ourselves may not pursue humility, we are drawn to it in others. Humility not only draws others to us, but draws God to us. Humility is not about having a low self-image or poor self-esteem. Humility is about self-awareness. It is important to be self-aware in relationship to our gifts, talents, skills, and intellect, but in regard to our spiritual health, it is far more essential that we are self-aware in the arena of personal character. If you see yourself for who you are and embrace it honestly, humility is the natural result. God isn’t asking you to say something about yourself that isn’t true. God is asking that we take a good, long look in the mirror and see ourselves for who we truly are, and then after that, to have the courage to ask for help. Humility begins by emptying ourselves of ourselves. It is about coming to God without agenda and without reservation. If you are still relating to God through negotiations, you have not yet found the path of humility. This is not an emptiness that makes us hollow, but a humility that makes us teachable. There is much to discard if we are to engage in this particular quest. We must make ourselves nothing in order to receive everything that God longs to give us.” from Uprising–A Revolution of the Soul by Erwin McManus (p. 46, 56)
It’s my prayer that the words of Erwin McManus will inform our understanding of step seven. The kind of humility McManus writes about is key if we want to see ourselves accurately, knowing the truth about ourselves: the good and the yet-to-be-transformed!
“It’s common knowledge that God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.” James 4:6 The Message