I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Psalms 34:1,2
“Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I Peter 5:5
Humility is beautiful; humility is difficult. It is a rare virtue in our culture. Humility is not valued by our politicians, entertainers, or educators, though sometimes I do think we see it in some athletes…sometimes!
Humility isn’t something talked about, but rather it is a virtue that is experienced. We can experience it with a friend, a co-worker, or a grandfather and when we experience it, it always garnishes respect. As followers of Christ, walking in humility might be one of the most important qualities in our lives. After all, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5 ESV).
In both the Old Testament and New, the issue of humility appears inseparable from God’s provision and salvation. King David said, “You save a humble people, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them down” (2 Samuel 22:28 ESV).
King Solomon said “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4
If humility is so important, why don’t we strive to be more humble? The answer of course is that it’s just plain difficult. If we focus on it, it slips away. Selfishness and self-importance come to us so darn naturally. Humility on the other hand is the by-product of being dependent upon God, not being overly concerned about self, being a learner, and loving others the way Christ loves them. Humility is woven into our character as we let God needle us with the conviction of the Holy Spirit throughout our day.
My daughter posted some questions that impacted me and I would like to share them with you. Each one digs at my heart in a good way.
- When someone gives you feedback, what is your heart’s first reaction?
- How often and how deeply do you consider the perspectives of others?
- When was the last time you invited someone to teach you about a topic?
- When is the last time you were ready to change your mind about an issue?
- When last were you willing to admit that you are wrong?
- How do you feel when you are corrected?
- Can you leave it, whatever “it may be,” in God’s hands?
Letting God work humility into our hearts is no easy matter, but the promised reward of His grace will be absolutely worth it. Lord, as hard as it is to pray – “make us a humble people!”