When you are humble before God, God Himself exults you… (1 Peter 5:6) When you stand for God, God Himself defends you… (Exodus 14:14) When you resist God, God Himself rebukes you… (Matthew 16:23) When you oppose God, God Himself chastises you… (Jeremiah 31:18) But when you try to usurp God, God Himself dethrones you. (Luke 10:15)
When we act in pride, idolatry, and self will, God’s reaction to us is never good. Yet when we humbly choose (against our fleshes desires) to lower ourselves and elevate God to the decision maker in our lives and allow Him to enact His perfect will through our humility, then his reactions to us are not only good, but glorious and miraculous!
“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” – Luke 14:11
The late David Wilkerson once stated that “God is both our greatest hope and our greatest terror”. “Which one” depends on us, on rather or not we place ourselves in a position of submission or opposition, to God’s will or self will, in humility or pride. This point is echoed in Romans 11:22 when Paul says:
“Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
God is ever laboring to bring balance, in exulting the humble and humbling the proud. Yet either way, it is He that does both the exulting and the humbling. Anytime we seek to take either of those task upon ourselves to either exult ourselves or humble others, we are guilty of usurping God’s authority and will invoke His severity! Let us therefore, speak the truth in love, laboring long unto the Lord with no desire for gain for 1 Timothy 6 tells us that those who seek gain as a measure or showing of their Godliness are not of God, let us also always chose the lowest seat and grow not wary in well doing, but endure for a season, for if we faint not in due time we will reap the rewards of righteousness as our God faithfully comes to exalt the humble, selfless, and obedient.
However, the church (in general) today seeks preeminence, it seeks material gain at the expense of the gospel, it seeks title, position, pomp, and popularity, all of which are expressions of pride, the thing God hates most and the essence of all sin. Yet God does desire to bless His children but so few or able to receive what God truly has for them and instead settle for the lesser counterfeit that Satan offers at the cost of their soul, not realizing that the great irony of God is simply that He blesses most, those who desire it least. So seek His heart, not His hands. A true servant with a heart after God does not seek to be blessed, they seek to be a blessing.
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.” – 1 Peter 4:17-19