“Toward the scorners He is scornful, but to the humble He gives favor.” Pr. 3:34 (ESV)
I awoke this morning thinking about humility and some of the great men of God that were humble. And not only men but women of faith, courage, and stature in life. I considered Joseph, Moses, David, Mordecai, Daniel, John and most of all Jesus. Women like Deborah, Hannah, Ruth, Esther, and of course Mary the mother of Christ Jesus. Chapters could be written abut each of these astounding individuals who walked humbly before the Lord and before others. Each one of them were “others focused” and were servants at heart. Each one knew the power of contentment and the honor of being found faithful within their life calling. They never promoted themselves yet impacted so many through the character that they became. You could say that each one of these experience the “Divine Favor” of God upon his/her life throughout life’s seasons.
James wrote: “God resists the proud but give grace to the humble“. Friends,“Humility is not thinking less of yourself but of thinking of yourself less” (ponder that for a moment). The humble in scripture are found to be trustworthy, faithful, loyal. And God showers His favor, grace & mercies upon those who walk humbly before Him and apply their hearts unto understanding. My heart is stirred by such characters who learned the joy of being selfless and not entwined in the bondage of being selfish! And you see with these souls the blessings and honors that God bestowed upon their lives. As the scripture declares; “Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up“. This is so true as seen in the history of these super hero’s of the bible. The humble never seek to attain, yet they amass glories in life, and in the next, that are unimaginable.
And then sadly there are the proud. Self driven, self attaining, self serving individuals who end up being the stooges that are found in the scriptures. Who sold themselves out for an occasion of the flesh. Who were self promoting and viewed others as a means of attainment or as a commodity. Who never took responsibility for life’s decisions or for the others that they hurt through their driven-ness. Men and women alike that became victims of themselves, were proud and arrogant, were self deceived and lost in darkness. Esau, Pharaoh, King Saul, Jezebel, Belshazzar, Gehazia, King Uzziah, King Herod (and his brother Philip’s wife). The list could go on and on and these are lessons of lives that were lived as fools. And now in eternity they dwell in a place of eternal regret, they are forgotten and doomed forever! All because of pride, Satan’ ultimate snare.
The proud always blame others (the blame game). The arrogant do not take account of themselves and the reality that they will give account for themselves before God Almighty some day. They live for the moment with no vision or sight for the future. Nothing matters but “me, myself and I“. Behind these there lays a trail of body bags, children, and family members alike. Business partners or employee’s alike all pay the price of those who are driven by “self“. The proud are blind leaders of the blind. The arrogant usually worship at the altar of “Self Pity” (which is idolatry), not seeing that by their life choices they are pitiful. In thinking of themselves as “being great“, they are within themselves victims of the snare of self exaltation. But like Lucifer, who promoted Himself and was brought low (Isa. 14:12-15), they also shall fall from memory like lightning.
Jesus said it best in Mt. 18:4, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself (herself) as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven“. Yes, like the little child who approached Jesus and climbed up in His lap. Like the little child who by faith approached the Savior and drew near to God. Yes, in simply trust and faith in the One who is the lover of our souls. Jesus……! You see, the humble realize that without Christ they can do and be nothing! The humble are contrite, repentive, and approach the approachable Lord of Glory by faith. They are seen acknowledging and confessing Christ with joy and expectation. Knowing Him, serving Him, praying unto Him and with hearts of thanksgiving acknowledging Him. In praise and in worship they embrace the Lord and God showers their lives with goodness, grace, and His mercies always.
Today I’d like you to consider both the humble and the proud. The life of each and the fate of each. And do a heart check, look in the mirror and ask yourself; “Which am I?“. If there are caution flags of concern then get alone with God and empty yourself of self. And if not then ask the Lord to help you with the things that you cannot see within yourself that He sees. Humility is an attitude and lifestyle that is ours to discover. Humility is an adventure and journey that others have lived that we can reflect upon and be inspired by. Let us meditate upon the faithful, embrace being humble and meek, and walk in the shadow of Jesus. In this and only in this will we know an experience true success in life! (selah)