“As you submit to Me, you will understand why I take you to places that require more than you have in your own strength. I take you there so that you will need Me. The one thing that separates you from those who will be separated from Me for eternity is that you understand your need of a Savior and they do not. That understanding allows you to call upon My power. Each time you call, you are confirming your need and your understanding of Lordship. You are humbling yourself. That is wisdom. That is truth.”
2 Samuel 14:14b NIV
“But God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him.”
Ps. 25:9 AMP
He leads the humble in what is right, and the humble He teaches His way.
James 4:7-10 AMP
7) So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.
8) Come close to God and He will come close to you. [Recognize that you are] sinners, get your soiled hands clean; [realize that you have been disloyal] wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts [of your spiritual adultery].
9) [As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].
10) Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
As the world defies the wisdom of God by inventing ways to never need Him, we are privileged to have expressed our need of His mercy. Personally, I didn’t have enough brains to do it in a logical way. I had to be broken and desperate before I surrendered and admitted my inner bankruptcy. It was the mercy of God that took me there.
Everyone has the same opportunity to respond to God, for it is the same God who is devising ways to bring people to Him. He does not hold one person higher than another. The next time you meet someone who really needs God, it would be good to remember that it is only through God’s power, mercy, and grace that you and I had enough stuff to even respond to His call to us. You are to pray for that person, not come against or consider yourself better than that person.
I need to always remember, Lord,