Know Thyself.


Many times I have not known myself. When I was in my twenties and divorced, my ex-husband had a girlfriend and lived with her. My daughters would go visit and I hated the fact my ex wasn’t married and living like that. I thought, “I would never have someone come sleep with me with  my daughters in the house!”  Two years later, I did just that.

After a few incidents like that, I was finally humbled to realize I was capable of any sin, no matter what I thought. One day at church we were singing, “I Will Not be Shaken,” and I turned to my mother and said, “On the other hand, who knows WHAT I will do?”

Jesus told Peter, “You will deny me.”  Peter was horrified and said he would never do that. He said he was willing to die with him. The other disciples said the same. We know how that turned out. 

I wondered if God sometimes lets us fall flat on our face so we can see how weak and sinful we are. It humbles us and we realize how we must have Jesus do everything for us. He can keep us from falling, if we acknowledge we have no strength to do it ourselves.

I came across the story of Hezkekiah the other day. It says that God left Hezekiah to show him what was truly in his heart. Verse 26 says his heart was full of pride. The commentaries I read were good and I’m including them.

“And so in the matter of the envoys of the princes of Babylon, who had been sent to him to inquire about the sign that had been done in the land, God left him to himself, in order to test him and to know all that was in his heart.”   2 Chronicles 32:31

Matthew Poole’s Commentary

God left him, to wit, to himself, and his own impotency and corruption. God withdrew from him those supplies and assistance of his Spirit which would certainly and effectually have kept him from that sin, and suffered Satan to tempt him, and him to fall into the sin of pride and ostentation. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary.

 God left Hezekiah to himself, that, by this trial and his weakness in it, what was in his heart might be known; that he was not so perfect in grace as he thought he was. It is good for us to know ourselves, and our own weakness and sinfulness, that we may not be conceited, or self-confident, but may always live in dependence upon Divine grace. We know not the corruption of our own hearts, nor what we shall do if God leaves us to ourselves. His sin was, that his heart was lifted up. What need have great men, and good men, and useful men, to study their own infirmities and follies, and their obligations to free grace, that they may never think highly of themselves; but beg earnestly of God, that he will always keep them humble! Hezekiah made a bad return to God for his favors, by making even those favors the food and fuel of his pride.

12 thoughts on “Know Thyself.

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. I couldn’t agree more with you and can totally relate. I do believe that there are times in our life when God causes us to be humbled for us to experience how He is then able to lift us up. It’s all for His glory!
    Blessings, Hayley 😊💕

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  2. Belle, Thank you so much for sharing this. I definitely identify in many ways with what you shared here. I never thought I would be capable of doing some of the things I did in my life, but oh how wrong I was. We are all human. Not one of us is righteous in our own merit. It is only by the grace of God that any of us are who we are today, following the Lord Jesus in obedience and in surrender to his will for our lives.

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  3. Very interesting idea here you’ve shared, so much honesty in it as well I can feel the energy, I have a feeling your rite maybe what we see as taking a loss is necessary at times, if not I can’t imagine the level of selfishness a world like that could bring…

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  4. It is so very true about knowing ourselves and how we can fall just like someone else. I have been guilty of falling into a sin that I saw someone else doing, when I said I would never do that. I am weak, but He is strong. I need to keep my eyes on Him for strength and focus. I can’t do it myself, but only in His strength. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your openness and honesty! It’s truly inspiring. It made me think of Bonhoeffer quote:

    “Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don’t do, and more in light of what they suffer.”

    My favorite line from the post: One day at church we were singing, “I Will Not be Shaken,” and I turned to my mother and said, “On the other hand, who knows WHAT I will do?”

    For a few months now, I’ve had to come to grips with, “who knows WHAT I will do?” God have mercy! And, He does!

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  6. Thanks. I’m glad you liked what I wrote. It is humbling to realize what sinners we are. But it is necessary. Otherwise, we wouldn’t know how much we need God to do anything good. It is all him doing everything.


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