Our Reading for The Day
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
“There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
“Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the Lord is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
-1 Samuel 2:1-3
Running around the track on the base here in Las Vegas, God checked my whole heart one day in 2019. He told me that in order to experience the promise He had for me, I had to be willing to surrender my desire to prove people wrong about me.
I was dumbfounded, but Holy Spirit didn't stop there. He continued to speak to my heart. He told me that in an effort to deal with the bullying I'd experienced as a child, I'd learned to cope in an unhealthy way.
Over the years, I'd become determined to prove everyone who ever said anything bad about me wrong. He showed me that, despite how much I loved others who had hurt me deeply, that desire had become a monster. It was beginning to steal more and more attention away from Him, and, with it, my Kingdom assignment. Ouch. I hope I'm not alone.
The Biggest Flex
In order to approach God with humility, we have to have confidence in who He is and what His word will perform. Numbers 23:19 tells us, "God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?"
We can only announce that we have a word from the Lord when we’ve humbled ourselves before Him. It requires put all of our trust in Him. It inspires us to lay down everything we've ever wanted, ever felt, or ever been hurt by, and it is not easy. However, it doesn't stop there.
Humility breeds confidence when we realize He knows better. That confidence comes even if that means we'll never be a biological mom, make seven figures, or get to flex (in the natural) on our old-time frienemies. Thankfully, the real flex happens spiritually, though, and it's even more potent. Why? Because it's against our real enemy.
When we demonstrate that we are ready to receive Jesus' best, even when it requires we submit our best to Him, He shows up. Thankfully, our call on our lives to be a daughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, and a friend follow this guide as well.
A Beautiful Balance
True confidence in the Lord strips us down to the point that He’s all we have left. It gives us a more accurate picture of Him because we approach Him with the belief that God wants to show us a new revelation of Himself. When we pray, we can believe that Jesus wants to invite us deeper into relationship with Him, and that, in turn, we will live more fully for Him.
Hannah presents a beautiful balance of humility and confidence, especially during her prayer to our Father in 2 Samuel 1:1-10. It shows us the knowledge, insight, revelation, and boldness God shares when we come to search His face and offer Him praise.
The Glow Up We Didn't Know We Needed
Hannah’s prayer shows us how to go boldly to the throne, as we're instructed in Hebrews 4:16, and I love her transformation! Within two chapters, we get to push the fast-forward button. We get to see just how that pain, that provocation, and that desperation, worked out for her good. We literally got a front row seat to witness how powerfully humility could cover offense. We witnessed the transformation, and it was beautiful. Sis, that's a glow up, if there ever was one.
Hannah’s prayer is a glimpse into the heavenlies through her vision and voice. It shows us the confidence God will give you when you humble yourself before Him and the boldness to declare those things without fear of reprisal or retribution. Let’s learn from her example and walk with the confidence and courage that accompany the choice to humble ourselves. When we acknowledge that God is the giver of every good and perfect gift, we move differently. God will exalt us in His time, in His way. Knowing that, we can walk away from those old hurts with an ability to wait unlike anything we've ever experienced before.
Get your expectation up when you lay your ego down, sis. God is going to move. Comment below to share if you're still moving past any old hurts from your past.
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