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Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Powerful

Mortals are a mere breath, the powerful but an illusion;
On a balance they rise; together they are lighter than air.
(Psalm 62:9 NAB)

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." (Romans 9:17 NIV)

And Jesus said to them, "The kings of the nations exercise dominion over them, and those who exercise control over them are called 'workers of good.' But you shall not behave this way. Rather let the senior among you become like the junior; let the leader act the part of the servant." (Luke 22:25-26, author)

Even the shy ones among us want to be relevant. We want a purpose. We want any recognition we receive to be positive. We want to be validated, and that's not wrong. As long as we humble ourselves under the hand of God, He will indeed exalt us, in due time. (1 Peter 5:6-7)

The path to being rightly exalted is to not seek it. Jesus said the way to become the greatest was to be a humble servant. Whether Pharaoh or president, pastor or parent, good leaders have a servant's heart. Our end is to exalt the name of God. Our means is to take joy in doing so humbly, however high or low our position.

Each of us has an audience of One at all times. He may choose to grant an audience of one more person, or—if your name is Barack Obama—of billions. Every person's appointment is from God, as pleases Him.

Who is God except You, Lord? Your way is perfect, Your Word is proven. You save the humble and bring down the proud. Your gentleness has made us great, for You have made us Your children. You arm us with strength, You make our way perfect, You uphold us in every situation.

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Copyright 2008, Anne Lang Bundy

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