Living Word Devotional by Pastor Mensa Otabil
Tuesday, 3rd December, 2019
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. —1 Peter 5:5
The “eyes of God” is a theme that runs throughout Scripture. Take, for example, the familiar words of 2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” Obviously, God doesn’t have physical eyes; God is spirit. He doesn’t need physical eyes, because He’s also omniscient. Nothing escapes His notice. He’s aware of all things.
But though He’s aware of everything, He’s also searching for something in particular, something that acts like a magnet to capture His attention and invite His active involvement. God is decisively drawn to humility. The person who is humble is the one who draws God’s attention, and in this sense, drawing His attention means also attracting His grace — His unmerited kindness.
Think about that: There’s something you can do to attract more of God’s gracious, underserved, supernatural strength and assistance! What a promise! Contrary to popular and false belief, it’s not “those who help themselves” whom God helps; it’s those who humble themselves.
This is the promise of humility. God is personally and providentially supportive of the humble. And the grace He extends to the humble is indescribably rich. As Jonathan Edwards wrote, “The pleasures of humility are really the most refined, inward, and exquisite delights in the world.” We want to position ourselves to receive and experience those exquisite pleasures.
Why don’t you make it your goal to pursue the virtue of humility and therefore attract God’s attention and favour?
Prayer: Lord, give me a humble heart.
Scriptural Reading: 1 Peter 5:5-11