- If you have pride in your life and are trying to do things your way, you will be like a water balloon thrown up into the air. You will fall. If you humble yourself and remove pride, you will be like a helium balloon. Then God will exalt you (Matthew 23:12).
- Moses was more humble than any one on the Earth at that time (Numbers 12:3). This is why he knew the ways of God (Psalm 25:9) and the children of Israel only knew the acts of God (Psalm 103:7)
God Has Stored Up Wisdom For You!
He [God] stores up sound wisdom for the upright; Proverbs 2:7a
Do you have a spot in your house that you keep things that need to be taken somewhere; clothes to a donation center, returns to a store, Tupperware containers to someone who made you food, baked cookies for family and friends, etc.? The point is, you can’t actually give those things to the appropriate people or store until you see them. God works the same way. We serve a God that is personal and wants to spend intimate time with us. James 4:5b says, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously.” He may be yearning, but He will not force Himself upon us. Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” He will always be at your door, but we are the ones that have to actually open the door to meet with Him.
When we do meet with Him, He can give us those things that He has stored up for us. It may be wisdom, direction, provision, warning, etc. However, He will only give us what we need at that time. Picture a dog bowl with a large, clear container on the top that replenishes the dog food as the dog eats the food on the bottom. You could even put a treat on top in the clear container. So, the dog has to eat all the regular food for the treat to come to the bottom. Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;” God has all this wisdom stored up for us, but we must receive and walk in the wisdom that He has placed in front of us before the stored up wisdom becomes available to us. It is possible for the Holy Spirit to reveal a nugget of the stored-up wisdom to us, but the Lord wants us seeking Him daily. Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to It and are safe.” We are to run to the Lord or the Word, who can reveal the wisdom we need to live safely and reward us at times with a treat as we diligently seek and obey Him (Hebrews 11:6).
1 Peter 5:5 – Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
Matthew 23:12 – And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Bonus: Jonah 2:8 – Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.