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City of Detroit: a lesson on the importance of humility

City of Detroit, based upon the more recent events within our governmental boundaries: the conviction of our ex-mayor and his chief of staff, the conviction of a city council member who was a fixture of the community and married to an icon, the legendary congressman, we thought it prudent to explore the following question: "What does it mean to humble ourselves when we pray?"

Let us examine the following scripture as text:

2 Chronicles 34:26-28 (New King James Version) states:

26 But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the LORD, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard— 27 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the LORD. 28 “Surely I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place and its inhabitants.”

Exodus 10

1And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:

2And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

3And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

4Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:

Proverbs 6:2-4 (King James Version)

2Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.

3Do this now, my son, and deliver thyself, when thou art come into the hand of thy friend; go, humble thyself, and make sure thy friend.

4Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids.

Proverbs 19:20-22 (King James Version)

20Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

21There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

The idea or notion here is one of reciprocity which is a mutual beneficial exchange.

God wants us to seek His counsel (or will) that we may give of ourselves to His glory (benefit).  We set our hearts to understand those things which He wants from us.  We also desire that He (God) instruct us (counsel us) into our blessings or grace.  We desire that when we communicate (pray) to Him, He will hear us.

We however are made subject to our vanities:

Romans 8:19-21 (King James Version)

19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Does God "make" us to be the way that we are?  Subject to our vanities, weaknesses (or vain ways of thinking about things)? Beings full of plans or schemes, was this God's doing?

As the scripture says: Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth.  God has made us who we are.  Our belief system, whatever it is, came from Him (whether through our parents, their beliefs or simply through the way God made us to freely think and believe).

The scripture also states :there are many devices (creations or schemes) in a man's heart.

Pharaoh's heart was hardened.  Or, God made him to be "set " in his position.  He refused to let God's people go, that they may serve Him (God). But as the scripture further states:

for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:

2And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

This means that God made Pharaoh be and think the way he did FOR HIS GLORY IN THE EARTH.

The next question becomes: Do we have the power to direct our paths (lives) or control our fate(s)?

(To be continued. . ) Thank you for reading and God Bless.

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