Recently I've been battlinig in my head once again about blogging. I love reading all about everyone else and seeing what you've been up to. But, this sneaking feeling keeps creeping up in my heart that my posts are giving more attention and glory to myself rather than to my King, Jesus. This past spring and now summer my bible study girls and I have been going through a Beth Moore study on the book of Daniel. It's, believe it or not, my first Beth Moore study, and I'm really enjoying it! I realized that I've never REALLY looked at the book of Daniel. I knew about the Lion's Den, the fiery furnace...and sadly that's about it. But there is so much more in there! You should go read the first half for a great story!
Anyway, this week Beth was highlighting King Nebachunezzar, ruler of the Babylonian Empire. God had made him one of the mightiest, greatest Kings on earth despite his continued pride and belief in himself as the greatest. In Daniel 4, King Neb is giving a testimony, his testimony of how God stripped him of everything in order that he would confess that God is the Most High, able to give and take power as He chooses....in one word, to have humility.
What strikes me most about it all, is that King Neb is alot like me in ways. Although I already believe and proclaim that Christ is the Most High, so many times my time, effort and attention pour into how to make myself look high. Wanting the pictures I post of myself to look cute and flattering, there are countless examples in my daily life too. This is nothing less than P-R-I-D-E and even worse is taking glory away from the One who should be getting it! Isaiah 26:8 says "Your name and Your renown are the desires of our hearts." Oh, that His renown would be my heart's desire. Most days my desires are selfish...what do I want to do, or what can I get done. So how girls, can we make most of Him and less of us? I pray that He will show all of us ways to make much of Him naturally in our everyday lives.
My friend Dianna recently did this on her blog, and it's encouraged me and challenged me too. Go read it for yourself: here. She's had a hard couple of weeks with her husband being gone on business, and finally she posted a "thankful" post highlighting all the ways God had provided for her in the midst of her current struggles. I was encouraged by this gently point back to the King amidst her daily life. I pray this would become a natural, reactional decision in my conversation, blogging, mind and life. That we would become less so He will become great in us! Love you girls, have a great day!
Jun 12, 2008