Laurie Coombs is a passionate writer and speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the hope found in Jesus. She is the author of Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A Journey of Forgiveness, an incredible true story of grace, mercy, and the redemptive power of God. Her story was featured in Billy Graham’s film, Heaven, as well as on many other national and regional radio and television programs. She is a contributor to Zondervan’s NIV Bible for Women and writes at LaurieCoombs.org. Laurie and her husband, Travis, make their home in Nevada along with their three daughters.
Moment by moment, I'm kept in His love;
Moment by moment, I've life from above;
Looking to Jesus, the glory doth shine;
Moment by moment, Oh Lord, I am Thine.
- Andrew Murray
I started reading a book––well, I guess it's actually more like a long essay––written by Andrew Murray called Humility. Murray was a pastor, evangelist, educator, and writer during the nineteenth century who was educated in Europe but primarily lived in South Africa. Honestly, if you have a chance to get your hands on any of his writings, I highly recommend them, but I do have to admit, they can be a bit dense.
As I read Humility, I was having a hard time retaining what Murray was saying simply because of the way he writes, and so I began to rewrite his writings in note-taking form to be sure I'd be able to internalize this important message. Humility is something to be sought after. Something we ought to strive toward, and when I'm completely honest with myself, I must admit that it's something I have yet to grasp. I'm not quite sure humility is completely attainable this side of heaven, but it is something we can certainly grow in, and to that end, I've decided to share my rewrite of the beginning of Murray's book.
Just to be clear––what I have written below is not original content. While these points are written in my own words, they're derived and paraphrased directly from Humility.
Murray closes his first chapter by saying, “Let us study the character of Christ until our souls are filled with the love and admiration of His lowliness. And let us believe that, when we are broken down under a sense of our pride, and our impotence to cast it out, Jesus Christ Himself will come in to impart this grace too, as a part of His wondrous life within us.” And to that, I say AMEN!
That's some pretty good stuff, isn't it!? Now if we could just do it.
Humility seems to be at the very heartbeat of Jesus. To be like Jesus is to be humble. Now, we may not be able to work humility in ourselves, but by God's grace, we can humble ourselves. We can start to position ourselves under God, in our proper place, and we can allow God to take His rightful place in our lives.
So, let's do that! Let's intentionally resolve to make humility the "special desire and prayer and faith and practice" in our lives today! And I'm pretty sure that if we do, we will see God do many many wonders before our very eyes.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:6-7
Andrew Murray, Humility & Absolute Surrender (Peabody: Hendrickson, 2005).
Laurie Coombs will be featured in Billy Graham's new film, "Heaven," (November 2014) part of the "My Hope with Billy Graham" series broadcast nationally in an effort to reach people with the message of the gospel. She is a featured writer and blogger for iBelieve.com and Crosswalk.com and is currently working on first book, Letters from My Father’s Murderer: A journey of forgiveness (Kregel Publications, Spring 2015).
With a background in teaching, Laurie is a passionate speaker on the issues of forgiveness, redemption, and the blessings associated with following Jesus. She and her husband, Travis, make their home in Reno, Nevada along with their two daughters, Ella and Avery.
For more information about Laurie Coombs or to book her for a speaking engagement, please visit her blog, LaurieCoombs.org. And be sure to connect with Laurie on her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.