The other day my husband brought me home a bouquet of showy yellow lilies.
While they were beautiful, we both agreed that their odor was overpowering.
Neither one of us was sad when they began to lose their petals and we could throw them out.
The pink geraniums in my patio pots cost a mere ninety nine cents at a local garden center.
They're a simple little flower, but they sure do bring a lot of cheer to our backyard.
I think those yellow lilies are a lot like pride.
A bit showy, a bit arrogant and a whole lot stinky to God.
I have always found the fact that God opposes the proud very sobering.
The last Person you want fighting against you is God.
I think my pink geraniums are a lot like humility.
They're just quietly being a blessing, bringing joy by their presence.
They bring a smile to my face, and I believe the humble bring a smile to God's.
It's to the humble that God offers grace.
It seems to me that we are living in an era where grace is pridefully demanded from God.
All too often the scriptures that say that if we love God we will obey Him are neglected.
We arrogantly go our own way, do our own thing, and boast that His grace covers us.
Yet we're frustrated that our life just isn't working.
People ruin their lives with the foolish things they do, and then they blame the Lord for it, Proverbs says.
On the other hand, while the humble may fall, their heart's desire is to love God and please Him.
They don't arrogantly demand that God's grace cover their willful disobedience,
they humbly ask His forgiveness, mercy and grace to cover them when they realize they've fallen short, sinned, or given in to weakness.
It's to the humble that God offers His grace.
And oh, what a generous offer it is.
The Bible calls it overflowing grace.
I don't know about you,
but I certainly don't want God to have to oppose me.
I want to walk in humility so I can receive His offer of overflowing grace.