Last week my pastor husband, Tom, decided to grab coffee at the Starbucks drive-through before meeting his walking partner. At 6:30 in the morning a coffee fix is usually needed before his legs can walk around the lake.
(Sometimes Tom’s really spiritual wife doesn’t have his coffee made at 6:30 in the morning. She likes to write from 5:00 to 7:00 and then makes coffee and stares out the window while she mentally walks around the lake.)
Anyway, on with the story: Already running a little late, Tom’s irritation level was rapidly rising as the people in the car ahead of him were taking their sweet time paying for their drinks. They apparently couldn’t make up their mind on what drinks to order and had to pay twice.
Tom’s annoyance was leaking out in words that, thankfully, only the dashboard could hear.
Late for his walk, irritated, and desperately needing his coffee fix, Tom finally pulled up to the window where the Starbucks cashier cheerfully informed him that the car in front of him had paid for his coffee.
Tom’s legs worked fine for the walk, but his knees got rather scrapped falling into humility.
(And yesterday he shared this story in his sermon, so I don’t mind sharing it here . . . as I drink my coffee and mentally walk around the lake.)
Bow, Stubborn Knees
Did you know that you, your opinion, your needs, and your life are not the most important things in the world? Really. I know that’s shocking information, but it’s true.
Pride, arrogance, and entitlement were Satan’s downfall. They stumble us too. And we miss the warnings until we’re flat on our face, bruised and battered.
Sin will do that to you. Especially attitude sins.
If pride goes before a fall, I’d much rather take the bended knee before I take a fall. Usually, though, I trip into humility. Not good.
And, here’s the clincher, the Lord can’t lift us up unless we bow our stubborn knees (see James 4:10).
All the victories we seek in life must come from the posture of a bended knee before our God. I’m still learning this. And I suspect you are too.
The enemy of your soul knows the name of Jesus whispered from a bended knee warrior. And your enemy trembles. And he flees.
Check into your attitudes throughout the day. If pride, arrogance, and entitlement are hanging out, make them bow their stubborn knees before Jesus.
And along these lines, see What Is True Repentance?
Catch you on Thursday, Susan
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.