How to Impress God


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August 22, 2018

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Have you ever thought about impressing God? Do you believe that is even possible? How do you impress a Being Who is completely other from what we are? How do you impress a Being Who is perfection and light?

Yet, many people seem intent on impressing Him, or at least impressing people who are religious. They seem intent on impressing people about how good they are, how well-intentioned they are.

Here is a clue to the truth.

Psalm 25:9
He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

Why does God lead the humble in what is right? Why not everyone? Wouldn’t He want everyone to benefit from wisdom and guidance?

Yes, He does.

But although He is close to the humble, He sees the proud from a distance.

Think about that for a moment. The most glorious Almighty One is close to the humble. Doesn’t that seem to go against our understanding? How many of us would associate with a poor, dirty, uneducated, backward individual? Isn’t that what we are compared to Him?

Who can be led in what is right? If a person is without humility, she won’t be led because she thinks she already knows the way she should go. Pride has to be broken first.

This is not to say that God cannot break pride. He can and does. Until that happens, though, there won’t be any leading. Proud people are not very teachable. Maybe not teachable at all.

He guides the humble in what is right because they are the only ones who will consider and heed such guidance. Humility recognizes personal need, weakness, and lack of needed knowledge and righteousness. That is teach-ability.

Is there a way to impress God? Yes, but it is certainly not with great righteousness, wonderful deeds, and incredible smarts. All that is a pile of filthy rags.

The things that impress God are humility and great faith. The ironic thing here is that a person of humility is not trying to impress anyone! Those who are proud seem always concerned about impressions. They make impressions for sure – poor ones.

Humble yourself. Life will open up to you, and so will the guidance and revelation of God.

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