“I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget your commandments.” Psalm 119:141 NLT
Our status in life need not dictate whether we know or obey the word of God. We may (or may not) be intelligent in matters of nuclear science, molecular biology, or cell functions but the only intelligence that matters in God’s eyes is our remembrance of his commands. We can have master’s degrees, doctorate degrees, or engineering degrees but without Christ, it is nothing. He cares about our hearts, not about our stature in the world.
“God opposes the proud but shows favor [grace] to the humble and oppressed. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
Where we are insignificant to the world, we are significant to God. Where we are despised by the world, we are favored by God. Where we lack in recognition we gain in grace from our Lord. Our status in this world is irrelevant.
“The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
Let’s review some people who found favor (grace) in God’s eyes:
“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” Genesis 6:8
“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52
“[David] enjoyed God’s favor.” Acts 7:46
“The Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11
Every time you see the word “favor” in these passages its original translation is “grace”. It can also be said that Ruth and Esther both found grace or unmerited favor (Ruth 2:10, Esther 7:3).Would you like an outpouring of God’s favor in your life? Do you desire to be significant in the kingdom of God over your significance in the world (Matthew 6:3).There is one ingredient in the recipe of grace: humility. Remembering the word of God is the beginning of humility. The cause and effect of truth in our life is this:
When we know the word of God we know who we are in God’s eyes, and this knowledge humbles us. As we are humbled under the mighty hand of God, he lifts us up with his grace.
Are you smart in the world or smart in the Word?
“He…gives grace to the humble.” Proverbs 3:34
Jesus, it’s not easy to ask for a humble heart, but I want more of your grace. Grant me the spirit of humility in order for me to have your unmerited favor. When pride creeps in I ask your Spirit to convict me immediately. Pride cannot dwell in the house of grace so purge this awful sin from my life however painful that may be. Help me to remember your words even if that makes me mocked and scorned by those around me.