“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
(1 Peter 5:6-7)
God loves a broken and a contrite heart. How do you get one of those? Have you ever sat down and worked out a plan to get a soft, tender heart that thinks much of Christ and little of yourself? Have you been successful? Or have you learned time and time again that you have no power to change your heart?
There are no rules you can follow, no verses you can memorize, no law you can cling to which will guarantee you a contrite heart. Yet God is faithful, and He will do this for you. He carefully measures out loving doses of success and failure, strength and weakness, joy and sorrow, to bring you to Him and soften your heart. At times, He will leave you for a season to the hardness of your heart, to your sinful pride and self-dependence. Before too long, however, He will melt you once again by showing you your sin, generously giving you sweet repentance and the gift of seeing the enormity of your need and the completeness of your dependence on Him. What is God up to in your heart today?
“To be humble like a little child, …conscious of snares and dangers as to cry to him continually.. is the secret of walking closely with him.” (John Newton)
Source: Anchor Devotional