Paradox - Following the Contrarian Wisdom of God
Bow Down to be Lifted Up
Speaker: Jonathan Combs
Have you ever noticed how we use words like “up” and “down” to describe not only location, but as metaphors describing our emotional or mental state? When we’re feeling strong, we say we are “up to it.” When we’re feeling sick, we say, “I’m down with the flu.” When we’re happy, we say, “I’m on top of the world!” When sad, we say, “I’m down in the dumps.”We love being “up,” but “down?” Not so much.
So, are you “up” or “down” today? God wants to show you today how down is the new up. “Down” actually puts you in a better position to hear from Him and get some things in order with Him. If you’re feeling up today, great! But is it based on circumstance or is it because God has lifted you up by His power? The paradoxical truth is this: In order to be at peace with God–– to experience His salvation and grace–– we must “bow down to be lifted up!” In God’s economy, we descend to greatness!
In the book of James, he taught his hearers that God lifts up those that humble themselves before Him. We can experience how God lifts up those who humble themselves before Him. How can we experience how God lifts up those who humble themselves before Him? The text gives three ways that God’s lifts up those who humble themselves before Him.