Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Rejoicing with a heart laid low....
Over the years I have learned that rejoicing.... having a heart full of thanks... over time can bleed into pride... leading to an arrogant heart. When God gives a gift… thanksgiving fills my heart...then it happens...I start to grab hold of the gift...look at it...admire it...while all the time still giving thanks. Then the gift gets lifted up....above others....other’s gifts...I raise a new standard....a standard for others to aspire to. My heart slowly but surely darkens with arrogance...I am the pharisee....so thankful for what God has given....but so thankful I am better than others. An arrogant heart does not happen over night....it is like a slow, dark vapor that slowly envelops a heart over time.
So God in His Love and Mercy brought me to a place that laid me low.... tore open my heart. What came oozing out.... was sickening.... oh how I did not see that I took a love gift from God and made an idol.... and I worshiped the gift instead of the giver.... how did I not see this happen....
Today...I feel God lavishing upon me and my family His Love and Mercy...pressed down, shaken together, running over... pouring into my lap. But this time, by His Grace... my thankful heart will be different.... I am learning to rejoice with my heart laid low...
Let us flee from the pride of the Pharisee!
And learn humility from the Publican's tears!
Let us cry to our Savior,
Have mercy on us
Only merciful One!
Posted by Ro Elliott at 8:07 AM