Our human nature likes to have things happen on its own template of timing and process. Many times we act as though God has no clue about our concerns, and that we need to beg, fast, worship, or do any other number of things to placate Him, overcome His perceived reluctance, maneuver Him into granting our requests. We forget that He already is well acquainted with our affairs; He cares deeply about every detail of our lives. All we need to do is come into His presence in willingness…to be part of His plan, His work, His programming.
Humility must be the first step in our walk with God, for it opens up the possibility of real relationship with Him. We make Him too small in our eyes, as if He were not able to hold us up. Fear shreds our hearts and minds as we grasp harder, arrogantly deluding ourselves into believing we have control and can figure out the answer if only given enough time. What we have forgotten is that trust was the beginning of our relationship with Him, relinquishing our hearts, recognizing that our control and ability to solve our problems were illusions, borne on the back of that fear. Only God sees the entire program, “the big picture”, and therefore only He truly knows the best timing and method for accomplishing His will.
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORDupholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37: 23
Since God knew we could never comprehend His thoughts or actions, He became human to allay our fears, showcasing relationship with the Father, discipling us in God’s ways, revealing the way beyond fear and anxiety, taking us directly to Yahweh’s throne as beloved children running to their Daddy. He transcends our cultural and even our historical understanding of Him, for He lives outside of those paradigms. His transcendence gives us a glimmer of understanding into the vastness that is our God.
His grace for us flows in immense waterfalls of lovingkindness, reaching the innermost parts of our beings to the outermost extents of the universe. And yet He is bigger still. Jesus demonstrated humility for us because we must learn that before anything else is possible in our walk with Him. Submission to His loving hand opens the possibility for true kindness to flow. Real obedience and cooperation with the Holy Spirit creates clear conduits for the overwhelming, healing creativity of God, not merely doing the right things whenever it’s our idea, out of ourselves.
To the world, authentic kindness speaks louder than any sermon can, particularly those that focus on “how to be good”. In this realm of spiritual deserts, God yearns for us to allow Him to open our eyes to the refreshing strength of cool waters from His wells of salvation, discovering that His grace is more than sufficient for us, His promises are always kept, and His answers always perfect. He will take us beyond the sunset to a morning of bliss in His presence.
“In that day you will say: I will praise you LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:1-3