I’ve been thinking about the kindness of the Lord today, specifically His unrelenting commitment to humble us. The Lord is more committed to humbling us than making our lives, relationships, or ministries flourish. This may seem like a harsh thing but the Lord is about glorifying Himself and His Son above all else- and rightly so. It’s actually through humility that we are made great in the eyes of the Lord; through our weakness His strength is made perfect. Many times the things in our life that annoy or frustrate us are because the Lord is kindly leading us into humility and meekness. We all (as believers) agree that God has called us into blessing and destiny, but this blessing is not found apart from His kingdom. Jesus said in Matthew 5 that to receive the inheritance of the nations as co-rulers with Christ one must embrace meekness. Much the same as Christ became poor for our sakes that we may be rich (2 Cor 8:9), so he has now called into the poverty of spirit in order to receive full reward. Poverty of spirit means that we acknowledge our total dependence on Him and we are devoid of all that is good. Therefore it is incumbent upon us to seek meekness and desire the searching of the Lord in our hearts.
Ask yourself when things get difficult, “Is the Lord inviting me into meekness for later reward?”