Psalm 131:1 My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the LORD both now and forevermore.
Our ambition can be a source of problems in our life. The apostle Paul said in Philippians: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Some times even as believers we can spend so much time and effort trying to figure out God’s next move that we are disquieted in our soul. He also said in Philippians to pray about everything with thanksgiving and the peace that passes all understanding will encompass us.
George Washington Carver, an American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor, said: “When I was young, I said to God, "God, tell me the mystery of the universe." But God answered, "That knowledge is reserved for me alone." So I said, "God, tell me the mystery of the peanut." Then God said, "Well George, that's more nearly your size." And he told me.”
The first thing the psalm says is my heart is not proud nor do I have haughty eyes. It’s that state of thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought that causes problems. George Washington Carver was happy to unlock the secrets hidden within the peanut. He changed the whole economic base of the southern United States.
Our psalm says I am like a weaned child with its mother. In other words I am content and at peace. Distractions by good things can cause you to miss the best thing. Place your hope in the Lord and enter His peace.
Prayer: “Lord, forgive me where I have gotten caught up in things far to great a matter for me. I ask that You would settle my heart with Your peace in Jesus’ name.”