Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. – James 4:10
Humility doesn’t save us, but it can save us a ton of grief. Humility doesn’t change your circumstances, but it helps you submit to God’s purposes no matter what the circumstances. Humility doesn’t speed up answers to prayer, but it accelerates the acceptance of God’s will. Humility doesn’t make decisions for you, but it inclines your heart toward decisions consistent with God’s plan. Humility doesn’t earn you more of God’s love, but it helps you experience God’s love at a deeper level.
For these reasons Scripture has a great deal to say on humility:
- Psalm 25:9 says, “God guides and teaches the humble.”
- Psalm 147:6 says, “The Lord sustains the humble.”
- Proverbs 11:2 says, “Wisdom belongs to the humble.“
- Proverbs 22:4 says, “True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.”
- Isaiah 57:15 says that the Lord personally dwells with and refreshes the humble.
- Matthew 23:12 says that the humble with be exalted, and the exalted will be humbled.
- And James 4:6 says that God is gracious to the humble.
Rewards, sustenance, wisdom, guidance, intimacy, grace, renewal, and revelation—all hinge on an attitude that accompanies our faith. The early twentieth-century preacher and theologian, Oswald Chambers, called humility “the great characteristic of a saint.” For all its benefits and blessings, humility is the best way to go for God’s people. In fact, it’s the only way to go.
Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box. – Italian proverb
– Steve Arterburn
Father, give me a humble heart. As I approach your throne, I pray that I will do so with an attitude of humility and not entitlement. Amen