The Challenge of Humility

In the day when I cried out,
You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Psalm 138:3

LORD Jesus, we praise You that we can come before You at any time. Your Word says that You will hear us when we pray. When we are in our greatest need You are here to help us through it all. Enable us, O LORD we pray, to live in Your Strength and to seek You earnestly in the days of our afflictions. You are mighty to save us — not only from our sins but also from our anxieties and pains. Thank You, LORD for loving us so much that You went to the Cross to bear our sins and burdens. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

Today’s post will continue with our next challenge: Humble ourselves and cry out to God. Hold on tight, please! This is going to hurt a bit. No need to worry, though.

It’s amazing what we can accomplish while in labor. We puuuuuuuuuush, and we breathe-breathe-breathe; then we puuuuuuuuuush, and we breathe-breathe-breathe — until the baby’s head is out. What follows, to push out the rest of the baby’s body, is “a piece of cake” then.

Remember what I have shared in Praise God and Shout for Joy

“The best advice my midwife has given to me shortly before the birth of my firstborn son was: “Relax!” Now, that’s hard to do when you are in labor pain. It seems impossible! But you know what? The more tense I’ve gotten, the more the pain increased. The minute I willfully started to relax was the minute when the pain became bearable.”

That’s right, the last thing we can think of while going through suffering is to lift up our hands to praise God. But, you see, He is the One who has the answer!

There are times of great sorrow and pain when we need to push — Press on! Then there is a time in between when we need to focus on our breathing — Relax! This diverts our attention away from the pain and toward relaxing. It will help us to get more oxygen, too.

It seemed like all was going well, but then I reached a point during labor when I wanted to give up. Keeping my focus on the breathing and relaxing became too hard and my own strength began to fail. That’s when I cried out:

“I don’t care how this baby is coming out. You’ll take it out — somehow! Help me! PLEASE!”

The doctor’s answer motivated me to endure and to press on until there was no more sorrow, no more pain, the labor had passed and the baby was born.

During the times of afflictions, there is a time to press on. Then there is a time to relax. And then there is a time to cry out for help! Let’s read Psalm 138:3 again:

In the day when I cried out,
You answered me,
And made me bold with strength in my soul.

Listen to what Matthew Henry comments on this verse:

It was a spiritual answer. God gave him strength in his soul, and that is a real and valuable answer to the prayer of faith in the day of affliction. If God give us strength in our souls to bear the burdens, resist the temptations, and do the duties of an afflicted state, if he strengthen us to keep hold of himself by faith, to maintain the peace of our own minds and to wait with patience for the issue, we must own that he has answered us, and we are bound to be thankful.

In the day of great sorrow and pain, humble yourself and cry out to the LORD your God.

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