I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.Isaiah 57:15 (NLT)
One of the craziest games I played in high school varsity sports involved a basketball game my senior year. We travelled to play a team we hadn’t played before. Of course, going and playing a game on someone else’s home court is often times a bit more difficult as they not only practice every day on that court, they also have all of the student body and parents present to cheer them on. This is called the “home court advantage.”
As the game began, it was clear that the intensity of the other team was much greater than ours. They jumped out to an early lead and it kept growing and growing. By halftime, we found ourselves down by over 20 points – which, in a high school basketball game, is rarely overcome. At half time, we entered the locker room with our heads held low. The coach just looked at us and uttered the words, “You guys figure it out for yourselves,” and left the room. What proceeded from the team was a shouting match at one another for poor play. However, something unexplainable happened. We began to admit our own failures and apologizing to our teammates for letting them down. It was pretty awesome. As the second half began, the intensity and teamwork belonged to us. We fought. We played hard. We worked together. We won by two points as my friend hit a buzzer-beater to clinch the victory. Our comeback was complete, and we stood victorious. We learned a lot about humility that day.
Humility plays a key role in our faith journey with Jesus as well. Check out our verse today, “I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.” Humility, for us in relation to Jesus is realizing this: It’s not about me. Humility is admitting that each one of us have screwed up, and we need to own it. When we are humble enough to admit that we are sinners in need of a Savior, our spirits are revived. When we humble ourselves and seek God’s forgiveness, we become courageous. When we submit to His will, His team, we become fearless and confident. But, not for our own purposes. Instead, we become fearless in serving the Kingdom of God.
So today, and every day, humble yourself before God. Realize each day your need of a Savior. Ask for, and thank Him for forgiveness. Find restoration. Find courage in Christ.
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