Scripture: Proverbs 22 (focus on v. 4)
Observation: We receive what we truly desire (riches, honor, and a long life) when we’re humble and trust fully in the Lord.
Application: What would you do to get the thing you really want?
When I was pregnant, I had this crazy craving for Cheesecake Factory’s Skinnylicious Factory Chopped Salad, no corn, no bleu cheese (because apparently pregnancy and soft cheese don’t mix). I couldn’t eat many veggies in the first few weeks of pregnancy except for this salad. Concerned that my baby would come out nutritionally deficient, I’d do almost anything for this salad, including braving I-95 and mall traffic during rush hour to pick one up on my way home. That’s commitment, y’all.
I often wish that my focused commitment to the Skinnylicious Factory Chopped Salad would carry over to other areas of my life. (True story.) And if I’m honest, that even includes my relationship with God.
The writer of Proverbs puts it like this:
“True humility and fear of the Lord leads to riches, honor, and long life.” (v. 4)
At some level, we all desire to be admired and honored by others, to be wealthy, and to live a satisfying life. And that life can be ours, but it requires commitment.
A commitment to humble ourselves – to recognize that this life isn’t all about us.
A commitment to respect and have a healthy fear of the Lord – even when his plans and ways make no sense to us.
We can have everything we desire – if we’re willing to give up ourselves and trust fully in God.
Are you willing to make the commitment?
Prayer: God, I pray that my commitment to you will strengthen and grow. I pray you’ll help me give up my own desires and fully embrace yours. I pray for deeper humility, selflessness, a recognition that life doesn’t revolve around me. Transform me by the power of your spirit. Amen.