Hard questions arise when it comes to Christ’s crushing humility, and the contrasting heights and lengths to which pride leads us and pretends to feed us. Yet written in Isaiah 53 is the way around to humility as holy ground.
But it was the will of the Lord to crush Him, causing Him to suffer. Because He gives His life as a gift on the altar for sin, He will see His children. Isaiah 53:10 NLV
Yet the Eternal One planned to crush him all along, to bring him to grief, this innocent servant of God. When he puts his life in sin’s dark place, in the pit of wrongdoing, this servant of God will see his children and have his days prolonged. Isaiah 53:10 VOICE
Why did Jesus have to suffer? What is the point? Why would this innocent son embrace his Father’s plan that brought him so low, crushed and humbled in pain? Because that is where he was willing to go to meet us.
…you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me. I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn into night, but even darkness is not dark for you Psalm 139:10-13 GNT
God knew we would be deluded, tempted, and taunted by dazzling heights, crowning achievements, top-of-the-world views, lavish spreads, and pride’s puffed-up, fraudulent promises. And he knew where we would end up.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 NRSV
He feeds on ashes; a deluded mind has led him astray, and he cannot save himself or say, “Is not this thing in my right hand a fraud?” Isaiah 44:20 NRSVCE
Jesus acted to save us out of destruction and delusion, coming to meet us in lowliness with loving-kindness. Holy ground is a place on earth where God’s presence is found, making humility his holy ground.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners from their sin and I am the worst sinner. And yet God had loving-kindness for me. Jesus Christ used me to show how long He will wait for even the worst sinners. In that way, others will know they can have life that lasts forever also. 1 Timothy 1:15-16 NLV
Admittedly, sometimes He hastens our fall…
Thinking to yourself, ‘Nobody can get to me! Nobody can touch me!’ Think again. Even if, like an eagle, you hang out on a high cliff-face, Even if you build your nest in the stars, I’ll bring you down to earth.” God’s sure Word. Obadiah 3-4 The Message
And those who walk in pride he is able to humble. Daniel 4:37 NIV
…yet always with the flourishing intent:
You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you. I have appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last John 15:16 ISV
Prayer: Holy Lord, help me see that my pride deludes me, and secludes me from your nurturing, life-giving sustenance. Apart from you I will not be nourished; I may as well eat ashes! (Isaiah 44:20). Please exchange my haughty spirit for your Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22 – 23) and show me where I am consulting a hand-held source for the sustenance You intend to feed me (Isaiah 44:20). You will meet me in every humble place I have tumbled to, making humility your holy ground. Thank you, Lord, for producing in me fruit that will last (John 15:16).
The Holy Spirit produces a different kind of fruit: unconditional love, joy, peace, patience, kindheartedness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. You won’t find any law opposed to fruit like this. Galatians 5:22-23 The Voice
Grounded in God is a devotions series lingering in the facets of humility from Isaiah 53. Our Savior’s greatest gift to us came through His humiliation detailed in this earthy passage. Humiliation … humility… humus… hmmm… perhaps the garden is a unique host to God’s purposes in humility, already grounded in humus-filled soil. Let these one-a-week, Scripture compositions draw you to His Words for simple consideration, cultivating a special intimacy with the Lord through the Lenten season
Portions of this devotion are taken from, “Pride Promsies a Fall,” part of the Garden Tools section on Humility in God’s Word for Gardeners Bible, beginning on pages a-38 & a-39
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