THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
Proverbs 30:1-4 The man declares, I am weary, O God; I am weary, O God, and worn out. Surely I am too stupid to be a man. I have not the understanding of a man. I have not learned wisdom, nor have I knowledge of the Holy One. Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!
Why is the writer asking these questions? Does he not know himself? Does he know who God is? God will see that the distortion of his words is corrected in us. He will prove to us we were wrong and he is right. How do you balance a child’s toy: the teeter-totter? How do you balance your life? You cannot balance life by either of the two extremes. Your life is balanced when you are in the middle, in God’s path.
The person that has much grace, understands, much more than others, the great height to which his love ought to ascend. He sees more clearly than others how little a way he has risen towards that height. Therefore he estimates his love by the whole height of his duty and concludes that he is astonishingly short of his duty.
True grace is of this nature. The more a person has of it the less does his goodness and holiness appear to him in light of his remaining defects.
Genuine humility is the only path to wisdom. Unless a camel bends to his knees, he cannot get through the “eye of a needle”. So it is with you and I.