DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. To fear God is to honor Him, to live holy as He is Holy and to live according to the precepts of His Word. God’s wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. We should aspire for God’s wisdom to be efficient, knowledgeable and savvy in what we do.
But woe to those who are wise in the things of the world. Those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight!
God promises to destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent He says He will frustrate. Mighty men and women who were wise in their own eyes, God brought them to naught and He reduced rulers to nothing.
Being wise in your own eyes leads to pride, self-righteousness and conceitedness. The Word of God clearly speaks against pride. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. We are to do nothing from conceit, but in humility, let us count others more significant than ourselves. God is looking for humility in us. He opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
We read in 2 Chronicles 32: 24- 29 that Hezekiah, King of Judah had very great wealth and honor. He made treasuries for his silver and gold and for his precious stones, spices, shields and all kinds of valuables. He also made buildings to store the harvest of grain, new wine and olive oil; and he made stalls for various kinds of cattle, and pens for the flocks. He became ill and was at the point of death, but he prayed to the Lord, who answered him and gave him a miraculous sign.
Hezekiah had a problem. His heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown to him. So the Lord’s wrath was on him, on Judah and Jerusalem. Thankfully, he humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the Lord did not come upon them during his days.
It is only God who can raise up and it is only God who can pull down. Acting in self- will and living in the flesh will only separate us from the love of God. The Lord says “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” God exalts the humble, so let us walk humbly before our God.
Recently, Pope Francis told his group of cardinal advisers that humility and service attract people to the church, not power and pride. “Let us ask the Lord that our work today makes us all more humble, meek, more patient and more trusting in God so that the church may give beautiful witness to the people,” he said October 1 during morning Mass in his residence, the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (www.catholicnews.com)
Humility comes from not leaning unto our own understanding, from not being self-sufficient and from not being proud. As we acknowledge God in all of our ways, He promises to direct our path. Abraham showed humility in Genesis 18:27 when he said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes…” The Lord said about Ahab in 1 Kings 21:29: “Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? Because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days…”
God wants us to have a humble heart. He wants His Word to dwell in us richly, as we teach and admonish one another in all wisdom. I challenge us to let us fear the Lord our God, for it is the beginning of wisdom. When we become wise in the Lord, He makes our face shine and the hardness of our face is changed. Let God find favor with us, let Him exalt us and let Him direct our path as we humble ourselves before Him. Amen