Saturday, July 29

Humble and grateful

Scripture: 2 Chronicles 31-32, Psalm 88, Revelation 1

2 Chronicles 32:24–26 In those days Hezekiah was stricken with a terminal illness. He prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a sign confirming that he would be healed. 25 But Hezekiah was ungrateful; he had a proud attitude, provoking God to be angry at him, as well as Judah and Jerusalem. 26 But then Hezekiah and the residents of Jerusalem humbled themselves and abandoned their pride, and the Lord was not angry with them for the rest of Hezekiah’s reign.

Observation

Hezekiah was fresh off some remarkable victories: he had led a massive spiritual renewal in Judah; he had survived a Syrian invasion by God’s intervention; he had been healed of a terminal illness. God had been good to him. Yet he was ungrateful and became proud.

God opposes the proud and shows favor to the humble (1 Peter 5:5, James 4:6). 

Hezekiah experienced God’s opposition to his pride and repented and humbled himself and experienced God’s favor again. Humble and grateful—that’s a good combo!

Application

It is so easy to lose sight of all God has done for us and become proud and ungrateful. I know this from first hand experience—it’s why this spoke to me this morning!

I can take credit for good things I’ve done and become proud, but those good things are the result of God’s gifts to me and His work in my life. Without Him, none of it was possible. I owe Him everything.

So today I want to be grateful for all God has done and is doing. I want to be humble, remembering that I deserve nothing from Him and owe everything to Him. And happily, God shows favor to the humble!

Prayer: Lord, I love You and I’m so grateful for all You’ve done in my life. Help me today to be humble, grateful and rejoicing at all Your goodness to me.