“God’s Handiwork” ( James 4:10, WYC ) by Carley Evans

James calls us to be humble, modest, meager, self-effacing, submissive, despirited, or broken willed “in the sight of the Lord.” He writes:

“Be ye meeked in the sight of the Lord, and he shall enhance you.”

If you’ve ever had the privilege of seeing monks in prayer while prostate on the floor before the Host, then you understand “meeked” as used by James in his letter to Jewish Christians living among Gentiles outside Palestine. Trappist monks, in particular, live meager, modest, humble lives of hospitality and silence. The more submissive, the more self-effacing, the more “broken-willed” and “despirited” a monk appears “in the sight of the Lord,” the more God appears to enhance the man.

You may notice this enhancement in the eyes or in the easy smile. But, you will become aware of God’s handiwork.

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