Just the ‘drop of a bucket’
by BETTIE MARLOWE, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 26, 2012 | 506 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In Isaiah 40:15, we read “ Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”

Compared with the greatness of God, all creation is small. But God’s love for mankind is as great as He is. His mercies are everlasting and “fresh every morning.” His love was manifested by sending His Son Jesus to redeem man. That’s how valuable we are to Him.

The psalmist said, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are they works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth” (Psalms 139:14-15).

“Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalms 139:16).

God prescribed the custom design for each individual — we call it DNA. The writer of these verses understood that and praised God for the marvelous work in human creation.

The knowledge of this expands one’s self image, the importance of which is revealed in Scripture. It is threefold: 1. To realize one’s own potential, a person must see his worth as God’s creation; 2. To relate to others, one must develop his own unique testimony; and 3. To relate to God, man must honor him as the creator/designer. To talk about our inability is an insult to God. To bemoan our incompetence is a slander against God — he overlooked us? It’s like saying, “Lord, it is impossible for you to have any use for me, because I am so inadequate and filled with imperfections that no one can improve me, not even you. I am worthless.” That is not humility.

A person who is proud of this “humility” has, in fact, a defiant attitude toward God. Being truly humble is this: letting him be all in all. Oswald Chambers said it well: “One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.”

Joel C. Gregory writes: “How many times have we had to reach the end of our own resources before we remembered to trust in God, the one steadfast resource of our lives? We’re all in need of a spiritual exodus day by day. When our faith causes difficulties, our first response is to fall back on our familiar resources — people, things, self — and only when these do not help can we truly lean only upon God for our needs.”

A man flatters himself in thinking he is humble and is walking close to the Master. That person is deceived. When Moses came down from the mountain after being in the presence of God, he was not aware of the glory of God upon him.

Humility once acknowledged is gone.

If the Christian wants to receive any benefit as he looks in the mirror of the Word of God, he must approach it with humility. A man can counterfeit many Christian graces, but humility is very difficult to counterfeit. Mock humility takes the form of pride and is readily detected.

When a person loses sight of the sovereignty and majesty of God, he becomes empty and devoid of faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).