Humble Strength

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous.
Joshua 1:9
God calls us to humility, to meekness, to gentleness. God calls us to be poor in spirit. But God does not call us to fearfulness, cowardice, or meanness of spirit. I suppose this may sound like a bit of an oxymoron. But anybody who reads their Bible gets it: Be still to understand who God is. Wait and be strong. In quietness and in trust shall be your strength. Meekness shall come into possession. 

Our culture seems to tell us to be powerful first, and then to learn a little humility if we can work it into our schedule. But the scriptures make it clear that it is in gentleness and meekness that we will find courage—not on our own, but through the strength that the Spirit gives. In submission we are granted power from the Almighty, and we acknowledge throughout our lives that our strength is from God and should be used on behalf of God's kindom.

For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
 2 Timothy 1:7
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I pray, Lord, not for the pride and arrogance that my culture promotes, but the humility and gentleness that leave room for the strength and courage that come from the Holy Spirit. May I acknowledge you as the source of all my gifts.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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