There might be times in our lives when God places people or things in our path to help us in “finding our humble”. For me, today it happened when I sat down to start working on the next blog I wanted to write today.
To start my work I normally turn to my Bible for some inspiration that connects to my day. Today I picked up a hymnal first and opened the book near the middle and it opened to a hymn numbered #496 and named “I Asked…God Answered”. It was written by an Unknown Confederate Soldier.
“I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for – but everything I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed” (Schrader,2003. p.496).
After the day I had on Monday and Tuesday I thought I needed to be uplifted rather than being reminded of being humble. After reading the above hymn I am convinced that it is being humble that makes me the most happy. I will admit that there are times when I am in a low place when it happens, but in this case I was actually quite the opposite.
I find it very motivating that I found this hymn just by opening the book. Not a single page was turned to search for anything else. The message was clear and understood. I am thankful for what it contains for me, but I am also grateful that I am able to share with someone else who might also need it help them on their walk with God.
So if you didn’t find it here; get out there and go “find your humble!”
Schrader, Jack. (2003). “Sing Joyfully”. Tabernacle Publishing Company. Carol Stream, Illinois, 60188.