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Second Fiddle (published in The North Weld Herald 9/10/09)

posted Sep 7, 2013, 1:14 PM by Fccea Webmaster
A sportsman went to a hunting lodge and bagged a record number of birds, aided by a dog named Salesman. The following year he asked for Salesman again. "That hound ain't no durn good anymore," the handler said. "What happened?" cried the sportsman. "Was he injured?" "No, some fool came down here and called him Sales Manager all week. Now all he does is sit on his tail and bark."

I suppose that we all get a little big-headed once in awhile, right? Probably most of us are not quite as blatant as the old Mac Davis song -- "Oh Lord, its hard to be Humble -- When You're Perfect in Every Way"! We might not go that far, but pride is with us all the time -- just a question of degree.

We know we should be humble, but it's tough. And even if you achieve humility and recognize that you've achieved humility -- doesn't that very recognition demonstrate a lack of humility? Isn't pride in humility still pride? Isn't it all a vicious circle?

May I suggest that most of us don't lack humility because we think ourselves "perfect in every way". Most of us lack humility because we think of ourselves, period! I'm defending my rights, or protecting my earnings or guarding my legacy -- looking out for what is rightfully mine because if I don't, who will? And if I go just a little over the line at times, well, so be it.

But that very focus on self is the thing that kills humility. Focus on self for any reason -- whether in arrogance or despair -- is egoism and defeats the kind purpose of our Creator.

What is His purpose? I Peter 5:6 says it perfectly: "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you." That verse not only gives the command -- "get humble"; it also tells how -- "trust God".

It's a marvelous way to live. Trust Him with your rights; trust Him with your reputation; trust Him with your riches; and -- trust Him for your reward. Trust Him and you don't have to look out for number one. He does.

And the really amazing thing is, although He is completely and utterly sufficient within Himself and needs nothing to complete Himself or His joy -- yet He takes great joy in those who love, trust and obey Him.

Isaiah 62:5 says, ". . . as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you." Can you imagine any greater personal significance than to know that Almighty God looks at you like that? Or how about Zech. 3:17, ". . . he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing." God singing over me! When someone like that has your back, you don't have to worry about your front, right?

A famous conductor was once asked, "What is the most difficult instrument in the orchestra to play?" He said, with a twinkle in his eye, "Second fiddle." Trust me -- if your eyes are on God, you can play second fiddle like a virtuoso knowing that He will take care of the recognition.

By His Grace, Pastor Dave