He guides the humble in what is right and teaches the humble His way. Psalm 25:9
Have you ever pointed your finger at your kids and told them to straighten up or accused them when they did something wrong? Have you ever pointed your finger at the girl on social media who seems to have it all together and is too perfect to be real life? I’m pretty good at pointing my finger at my husband when I think he’s to blame for why the chores aren’t done or why I’m a mess sometimes. Pointing my finger takes everyone’s gaze off me and puts it on something else.
It’s easier for me to point my finger at others than to examine myself. When I look inward, I’m forced to see the ugliness of my sin. I don’t want the spotlight to be on the jealousy that arises from viewing someone else’s life on social media, or the anger I exhibit to my child when he makes a mistake. I’d rather blame my husband for discontentment than to own up to my fear that God missed me when he was handing out amazing assignments.
When I read Scripture, the holy words of God gently remind me to humble myself. Once I turn inward to realize my shortcomings and humbly come to my Father for forgiveness, I’m able to point back to Him. As we point to God, those around us are not fixing their gaze on us – but they are able to see the mighty works of God who has saved us from sin. And that’s really what I want – to point to my Creator so that my children and husband will see Him and His grace at work in my life.
Press on, Mama,
More Moments in the Word:
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:8-10
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
With what shall I come before the Lord and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:6-8
To Consider this Week:
Who do you point your finger at in order to avoid seeing sin in your own life?
What sin in your life needs to be humbly laid at the cross of Christ?
Who in your life needs to see you pointing toward God each day?