Recently while praying over a
situation affecting many of our friends both in Israel and internationally,
I saw a picture in my heart of a massive stone wall, indicating the
difficulty of the problem. The wall was too big to destroy or to climb
The wall represented the pride, ego and honor of the leaders involved. The
solution to the problem was on the other side of the wall - represented by
the light. The space below the wall was large enough for a person to pass
through to the other side if he simply bowed down low enough.
There was no other obstacle. The space was open. Anyone could pass
through to the "enlightened" solution. All that needed to happen was for
the leaders to humble themselves ... and for everyone else to humble
themselves for that matter. Nothing else was needed. With humility the
situation could become glorious.
It's such a simple yet challenging principle of Scriptures. If we
humble ourselves, God will lift us up (James 4:10, Matthew 23:12). If we
are prideful, God purposely hides His wisdom and knowledge from us (Matthew
Pride was the cause of the first sin, and the root of satanic rebellion. If
we can avoid that one temptation, we will be off to a good start for the
rest of our spiritual "walk". As Yeshua humbled Himself, so should we
However, pride often seems to just "spring up" by itself. We have to push
it down. We have to humble ourselves in a rather "aggressive" way. Yet
humility consistently yields positive fruit.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Messiah Yeshua, Who ... made
Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant ... humbled
Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the
cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name
which is above every name" (Philippians2:5-9).
This article was previously published on October 16rd
on the Revive Israel website, and on October 28th
on the Kehila News Israel website.