“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just. And those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”
“14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
How often we miss the point and think we are the ones “doing” things. How quickly we forget. Mene, mene, tekel, parsin. Words written out to King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son, one generation later, who had forgotten where things come from. Dude, the warning says, you’ve forgotten Me and you’re going to lose it.
I’m thinking we’re about to get our due here in the west. We seem to think that we’re the reason for our blessings, not God. That’s dangerous. We are not humble, our empires span the world, but for what? We don’t live in peace. Good grief, when writing “stop illegal immigrants” and “all lives matter” on a sidewalk, in chalk, throws the PC police into a tizzy and is called hate speech…. When Christians, Kurds, any non-something, are martyred for…. for what? We’ve lost it. We are prideful, hurtful, antagonistic, self-righteous little turds.
We do not show holiness, and no one sees the Lord.
Do you live in humble adoration of the Creator? Do you live in peace with the blessings you’ve been given, in peace with the folks who can’t see their own reflection? Do you give God the opportunity to shine through you?
Read Micah 6:8 in a couple of different translations.
Humbly love others. Constantly. Continually. Always. In peace. That’s the true way forward.