The Up Down Life
Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.—James 4:9-10
James has been trying to seer this thought into our thick heads. That there is a way about our desires and actions, leading to mourning, weeping, and gloom. It all begins with something wretched within each of us. A simple desire that has miserable outcomes. And this brings a man down.
But there is another way. One that brings the desires before the Lord. It requires us to do something that requires the greatest of masculine strength—humbling ourselves. But here's the best part. The humble man is one who is laughing, joyful, and exalted. It's a little counterintuitive, but its outcomes are better. And the action is simple—go low before God and let him will get you up.
ASK THIS: Do you feel down?
DO THIS: Go humble, and let God bring you up.
PRAY THIS: God, accept my humility and fragility as a sacrifice today. I come low and ask you to lift me.
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