Humility Before God
Psalm 32:8,9 says:
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in
the way that thou shalt go: I will counsel thee with mine eye upon thee. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose trappings must be bit and bridle to hold them in.”
Even the horse and the mule can be made to do what their owner wills (though not without external control), but God never intended to direct His children in that way.
The horse and mule “have no understanding,” but His children have such an intimate relationship with him that even a glance of the eye should be sufficient to make His desire known to them.
If a man is not right with God no method will avail to make the will of God clear to him.
This does not rule out methods, but
we would emphasize that with the fullest knowledge of all the methods by which it may please God to make His will known, we shall still remain in ignorance of it if we are not walking in
quiet intimacy with Him.
Unless our ego has been laid bare to us by God and drastically dealt with, we shall not be fit instruments in His hand to deal with the lives of others.
God will not commit the handling of men to a man who himself has not been molded by His hands.
It is not possible for one who has not learned to discern and do the will of God to be used of Him to lead others into His will.
If a Christian worker in whom the ego is still dominant seeks to instruct others in the way of God, no matter how much he may impart of doctrine, knowledge, and Godly wisdom, his own intellectual and emotional background will inevitably come into expression and obscure the way.
Consciously or unconsciously such a worker will seek to dominate the lives of other men and distract from the will of God that has already been revealed to him by God and not by man.