A Prayer for Humility
By Chelsey DeMatteis
“For I the Lord don’t change; due to this fact you, O youngsters of Jacob, should not consumed. From the times of your fathers you’ve turned except for my statutes and haven’t stored them. Return to me, and I’ll return to you, says the Lord of hosts. However you say, ‘How lets return?’ Malachi 3:6-7
For the final two years, I’ve questioned why my stroll with the Lord felt dry. I’d discover myself virtually every day asking, “how did I get right here”? But, for some cause, I by no means took it farther than that. I stored chugging alongside, doing life and feeling dry, virtually empty, if you’ll.
By God’s grace, one evening, I climbed into the bathtub on the finish of a protracted day. I turned on my worship music and instantly felt tense, questioning if the individual I used to be listening to selected to stick to sound doctrine. Was this mash-up of favourite worship songs okay? It’s not that the questions have been fallacious, however they confirmed the posture of my coronary heart at that second. Tense and full of angst as an alternative of peace and worship.
Moments later, I had essentially the most lovely reminder of climbing into my dad’s truck just a few years in the past to seek out him singing certainly one of these songs. God etched that morning into my coronary heart. What a present it was to me to witness my dad singing reward to our Savior. Pure-hearted and in a posture of humility.
God used that reminiscence to convict my coronary heart that night because the worship tune performed. I’d misplaced my humble coronary heart. My as soon as humble coronary heart had been handed over to pride and conceitedness. I discovered myself extra involved with what man thought of issues somewhat than taking them to the Lord.
All of it grew to become abundantly clear, and the Holy Spirit started an amazing revival in my coronary heart. I used to be delivered to the e-book of Malachi in chapter 3 and was proven the time when God gave His individuals the chance to show and repent of their sins. He informed the individuals, “return to me and I’ll return to you…” (vs 7).
I’ll without end keep in mind this second with the Lord, simply as I’ll all the time keep in mind climbing into the truck with my dad. Humility washed over me as soon as once more. God’s grace and mercy poured out over my coronary heart. I instantly felt softened. And the considered harshness felt repulsive.
It’s true, and I pray you already know this, too; the love of Christ will all the time soften us. It should trigger us to have humble hearts. It should make us new, entire, and in deep pursuit of the chance to share God’s love.
Lord, thanks for the reward of the Holy Spirit and conviction. I reward you for the best way your Phrase softens our hearts. Could I all the time search to look to you for all my solutions and that you’re the one one I need to please. In Jesus’ title, amen.
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Chelsey is the voice behind the Residing with Much less Podcast and writer of the 52-week devotional Extra of Him, Much less of Me: Residing a Christ-centered Life in a Me-centered World. She writes devotions for Lifeway Girls’s Journey Journal, Crosswalk.com, and iBelieve.com. She additionally writes Bible studying plans for the YouVersion Bible App. Chelsey lives in Central Ohio together with her husband and two youngsters. You’ll be able to join together with her on Instagram @livingwithlesspodcast and at her web site ChelseyDeMatteis.com.
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