Proverbs 18:12 “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.”
Is it really this simple?
Is pride really wrecking the lofty, while humility raises the lowly?
Are we really going up or down based upon the condition of our heart?
That’s what I personally believe.
In my own life, whenever pride takes over my heart, it always end with a crash! Whenever I am broken (usually by painful circumstances), then it’s never long before everything turns around for me!
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. -James 4:6
Think about this… GOD opposes proud people, He stands in their way. And GOD gives grace to the humble, He raises them by giving them extra loving care and divine advantages.
I had a beautiful phone conversation this morning with a very dear friend.
This friend of mine… he’s been through so much pain and hardship over the past several years. His newfound humility inspires me more than he can know.
We discussed the following verse:
Luke 20:18 “Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
The stone Luke is talking about is Jesus Christ. He promises that whosoever falls on that stone will be broken… a sign of humbling ones self before God. Have you ever fallen on that rock before? The journey is never fun, but to be laying on that rock broken to pieces is one of the greatest sensations in all the universe!
Luke also talks about another kind of person, the one on whom the rock shall fall. This happens to the people who choose not to fall on the rock. In the opportune moment when they should be humbling themselves before God, they avoid Him. Therefore, the time comes when the rock they were supposed to fall upon, eventually falls upon them. And instead of being broken, this person is crushed to powder.
It is a good thing, to have a heart that feels!
You may not have the perfect world you wanted to have at this point of your life… but if you feel today, if you’re laying on the rock (Christ) as a broken person… you are laying at the greatest place in the universe! It is here that God will pick you up. It is here that you will know God more than you’ve ever been able to know Him before.
And that is the greatest treasure!
I’m praying especially for all of my broken friends this morning. That God will wrap His loving arms around you and wipe up your many tears. Keep a close guard on the condition of your heart… fall on the rock and be broken… seek humility. Then, wait for God to lift you up!
Here is a great song for this moment. Kim Walker, All I Need Is You.
Have a great day everyone. With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!