The Low Places

October 15, 2020

The Low Places

1 Peter 5:5

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

              As I was looking out the window this morning and asking the Lord what to share, I noticed the cover on our hot tub.  It has a depression on one side and anytime there is any moisture, water is standing in it.  I believe God used that little illustration to begin to speak to me about humility.  He brought to mind that it is always the low places that carry and store the water in life.  Spiritually we know that water can be symbolic of God’s living water which is His Life and Spirit, such as in John 4 where Jesus is speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well concerning true water and drink.   In John 4:14 Jesus tells the woman, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  In John 7:38 Jesus tells His disciples, “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  You see, we are the catch basins of God’s Grace.  He doesn’t give grace to the proud; He gives it to the humble.  Why should we humble ourselves and become lowly, not seeking our recognition and glory? It is the lowly ones that are the greatest recipients of God’s goodness and blessings.  The proud ones rely upon their strengths and abilities to bless and sustain them.  They rely on their own words and deeds to promote them.  The more we realize there is no good thing in us, it is only in God who resides in us, then we empty ourselves of who we are.  Instead we come as containers, as depressions in the earth, as river beds and stream basins that God may fill us with His living water of life, blessing and supply.  

              Some of the saddest people to observe are those who have great talents, looks or abilities.  Because they have these things it is so easy for them to fall into the snare of becoming full of themselves, lifted up in pride and arrogance.  For the rest of us who are average, mediocre or less than best, perhaps we are the more blessed because we know we can’t depend and rely upon our abilities or our strength, or our looks.  If God isn’t it, we don’t have it.  The result is we are the humble, the poor, and the needy who cry out to the Lord to fill up our lack, to be our strength and to make us rich in Him. 

              1 Corinthians 1:26-31 should be a source of encouragement to many of us for it says: “For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, [yea], and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”  You see, God isn’t looking for the cream of the crop as man sees it.  He is looking for broken, humble vessels that will allow Him to be glorified through them.  Because you are the lowly you become the container that God can fill with Himself rather than the hill that His goodness and mercies run off of.  Where do the mercies and goodness and blessings run off too when the proud refuse to receive them?  Aren’t they going to flow into the low places, which are His humble ones?  Does it not say, “the meek shall inherit the earth?”  The Lord says in Proverbs 3:32, “For the froward [is] abomination to the LORD: but his secret [is] with the righteous.”

              When we become the potholes, the wells, the ponds, the lakes, the streams and the rivers of God’s righteousness and life, doesn’t that result in those who thirst after righteousness and salvation having a place to come and drink?  A place where they, like the woman at the well, might drink the water that satisfies and causes them to thirst no more.   Our humility and reliance upon the Lord is a good thing because out of it no one receives the glory, but the One who is worthy of all the glory.  Many of us have heard the saying that “the limb that bears the most fruit, hangs the lowest.”  Don’t despise your lowly estate, because it is the place where the Lord can lift you up on High and you are in the position to be the instrument of His righteousness and blessing.   “[Be] of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits (Romans 12:16).”



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