1 Kings 21:29 “Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days: butin his son’s days will I bring the evil upon his house.”
Ahab should have died.
He truly deserved all that the prophet predicted. He was wicked. He worshipped Baal. He committed murder. He killed God’s prophets. He whined like a baby to hie wife and she plotted and murdered Naboth – all just to take a plot of land.
Ahab deserved to die.
So, when I read about his coming to God and humbling himself, it made me stop and think – what if that were me?
For others, we are so ready to execute vengeance and justice. For us, we cry for mercy.
I thank God that throught the path of humility, all can find the mercy we would seek; no matter how wicked. It becomes hard when our sense of justice exceeds our ability to show mercy.
Take those who have lost someone to a senseless act of violence. More and more, we are reading of shootings, mass killings and they are on the rise. What if my wife, or one of MY children or grandchildren were victims of such a heinous act?
Everyone’s first response would be “Eye for eye – they should die!”. But to be what God would have us to be would be far different:
Matthew 5:43-45 “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
When we humble ourselves, we are relinquishing the ability for our emotions to rule our thinking. We are submitting our sense of justice for God’s. We are wholly giving over the guidance and direction of our life to One who knows far better what we need, where we should go, and what should be done.
I cannot love my enemies. My wound may be so deep, that I cannot see my way clear to EVER forgive. Cold-blooded murderers, serial killers and abusive captors would top our list. But there are governmental genicides, cultural and societal ‘cleansings’ that put thousands in that category.
But then, I think of the murder of the unborn in our country and around the world. It is estimated that there are 125,000 abortions a day – accounting for 40-50 million per year. It is not here nor the time to rabbit hole this issue, but have we yet humbled ourselves for the countless, thoughtless murders committed in taking a life before it ever has a chance to live?
Have we yet bowed before God to beg forgiveness for the things committed in our countries that go wholly against God’s Word?
What we need, what “I” need is to humble myself under the mighty hand of God and allow Him to mete out the justice in my life; chasten me and put me where He desires me to be. When I humble myself, it goes far beyond anything I would ever want or desire.
It is something God respects and listens to.
Psalms 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
Humility, then, is to be broken of any selfishness, pride, and arrogance. It is relinquishing the power and direction of my life to my God. And why not? I am His purchased possession.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
The power of humility lies in the One I humble myself to. If sin, then it will possess me and place me in bondage to it. But if it be to God I humble myself, then, He has the power over me. His will for my life, His plan and provision is promised for my good.
There is only one hinderance to humilty – and that is me. My way. My wants and desires. When what I want or desire goes against God’s plan, I have a choice to make.
My prayer for you today is that we both would be in frequent practice of daily humbling ourselves to God – even when we feel what we are doing is what we think would please Him. The world needs healing and God gave the recipe:
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”