Tuesday, May 9, 2017

2 Corinthians 10:18 -- On Being Toddlers Before God

"For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth."
2 Corinthians 10:18

Our pride gets us in a lot of trouble sometimes.  We rebel againt God's rules or go our own way, trying to assert our independece or fulfil a desire--telling ourselves that we don't need approval or anything else from God, but it just ends in selfishness and desensitization to the Spirit--instead of improving ourselves we work to become past feeling so that our consciences are silent as we harm ourselves and others.  Things stop bothering us, and we somehow see that as a good thing--that we've overcome our embarassment or our cultural bias instead of actually deadening ourselves to God's voice.

I imagine if we were meek enough, we would realize that we are actually barely toddlers before God.  Our rebellions and course deviations are little more than throwing our food on the ground or playing in a mud puddle.  We delay blessings and other good things that could come into our lives, and we make ourselves decidedly filthy, but it all just comes back to the fact that we *do not* know what is best for us, and until we start listening, we'll never get anywhere.

Do we want to hear this?  No... of course not.  We want to be right, to know best, and to shout "I AM BIG" to the sky.  But truthfully, we need our Father's help to make it through this stage in our lives.  We need guidane, support, and a lot of hints about where to go and what to do.  

Today, maybe we can take a step back and allow ourselves to acknowledge that God might be smarter than we are, and seek his help and his commendation rather than just our own.

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