My joints and knees are aching this morning! Possibly because it’s cold, and maybe, in part, because I can relate to Garth Brooks, when he said “I’m much too young to feel this darn old.” Granted, I didn’t get the hurts riding bulls (like the focus of the song), but in my labors, I’ve done some damage to my body over time. Yet, as I do most days, as cold, stiff and achy as I am, I dropped to my knees, and I went before God on behalf of all of my ministries. Why? Because I need to, before all else, submit to my Lord and God. I need to be brought to my knees, so that I can know that none of what I do is from or about me, but it’s God’s work that He is doing, and allowing me to be a part of it. I am grateful to God that I stand in awe of Him, and by submission, He brings me to my knees.
And this should be the prayer of everyone who is seeking Jesus Christ: “bring me to my knees.” We should humble our hearts before God before we ever petition Him, for He is Lord and God, and we are a finite speck of dust, living on a finite speck of dust in the universe He created. In spite of what we may think, Life is not about us, we shall some day exit it, and stand before our Creator. How do we do so? Do we do so with gratitude and humility? Or do we do so with arrogance and pride? There is no place for either arrogance or pride when it comes to God, for we have failed Him countless times, we have violated His law, and we have brought Jesus, by our sins, to the Cross. Indeed, we have nothing to be proud of. Let us then, humble ourselves, and pray, as Jesus taught us “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”?
“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God's angels worship him.”
Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”
And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
2 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.