Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, May 1st, 2020
Hope: Requires Childlike Humility
Lord, my heart is not haughty,
Nor my eyes lofty.
Neither do I concern myself with great matters,
Nor with things too profound for me.
Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul,
Like a weaned child with his mother;
Like a weaned child is my soul within me.
O Israel, hope in the Lord,
From this time forth and forever.
Psalm 131:1-3 (NKJV)
David was a man after God's Own Heart. Surely, we'd like that same designation. The Lord of hosts loved David intensely-- even through grievous and willful mistakes. What made David so endearing to God?

Could it be his childlike humility?

'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven' (Matthew 18:3-4, NKJV).

I doubt any avid Bible reader could deny this truth: God hates arrogance.

'The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished' (Proverbs 16:5, NIV)...

Which brings me back to Psalm 131, Verse 3 above, which is David's advice to Israel (and us)-- regarding hope.

Hope is a sweet, trusting expectation in God's goodness as our loving Father. It's not logical or calculating, like an adult working his way through life.

Hope is a childlike faith we must embrace to receive the blessings God has in store.

## Hope: Requires Childlike Humility (Part 20)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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