Humble: having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
Synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, diffident, self-effacing, and unassertive
For many years, I believed that being humble simply meant being modest enough to not boast about the things I have or the things I can do. Recently, the Lord has been dealing heavily with me on humility. Initially, I couldn’t help but think that this message doesn’t necessarily apply to me. I began to ask God, “God, I know I’m not arrogant or cocky, so what does this mean?” God began to show me that humility is a form of submission unto God. Luke 14:11 reads, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.“ To humble yourself could mean to consult God before making decisions. This can be difficult to do at times because we’re a generation who likes to have things done conveniently and quickly. The enemy likes to make us believe that waiting on God equals missing opportunity. I’m learning that waiting on God’s direction is more beneficial than stepping out on my own and making decisions. To ignore the instruction of God and make moves according to my understanding is exalting myself, but to acknowledge the truth of God and apply it to my situation is humbling myself unto the Lord. [Proverbs 3:5-6] Humbling yourself could mean also mean choosing to love someone after they’ve given you every reason not to. When people mistreat you, it’s easy to want to cut someone off. However, if God is telling you to show more love to this person then that’s what you need to do—humble yourself. So, this week I encourage you to consider God in EVERYTHING you do. Humble yourself to his voice and he will direct you.
1 Peter 5:7
James 4:6 & 10