Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. – Proverbs 22:4
Humility is not sought out in our culture. We elevate the assertive person, the concise thinker and even the boastful. However, this proverb along with the first nine chapters points out that it is humility that places us in true submission to God. Our Christian faith should urge us towards reverence and submission to a Holy God. Our lives should be under lordship to Jesus. When you exhibit a humble attitude and a servant’s heart, people will desire to work for you, work with you or invite you to work for them. Humility is like a magnet; it draws opportunities to you. Having a great reputation grounded in humility and wisdom will sustain you through life.
It is one thing to praise God when things are going well, but to focus on heaven when things fall apart brings a challenge that only a heart that is after God can fulfill. The Psalmist reminds us that praise is not conditioned upon our circumstances. It is so easy to try to use techniques with the underlying intent of getting something back. But God will test our hearts and, in his mercy, purify our motives to the point that our only agenda is to know Him. Make a decision to praise God in ALL things.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. – Psalm 43:5 (NIV)
Emptiness is not a good emotion but it does happen to many of us from time to time. It’s natural for us humans to feel empty. After all, feelings of emptiness, sadness, or loneliness are what make us truly human. It’s a part of the human condition. Whether we like it or not, most of us will encounter such emotion at one point in our lives, though others may encounter it too many times in the course of life.
We experience emptiness in several ways. Loss of a loved one can cause us to feel empty. Broken relationships with people we deeply adore can make us feel empty. Unfulfilled dreams and goals can lead to feelings of emptiness. And in many circumstances, when after we’ve tried everything and still we can’t find our real purpose in life, we feel incomplete, useless and empty.
Without a deep satisfaction, achieving a thorough, fulfilling contentment will be a perpetual struggle. But because God is a God of promise and truth, even if we lack a sense of purpose, fulfillment or contentment, our faith in the Good News can combat the emptiness and help us find fulfillment in Christ. So, today let me share 5 ways from Faith in the News blog on how you can feel complete even when emotions of emptiness fill you up. Continue reading “5 Ways To Feel Complete When You Are Feeling Empty”