I’m learning a lot about humility, and it’s been a wonderful experience lately (when you aren’t fighting the lessons He’s trying to teach you!). Humility is a beautiful and very freeing way to look at the world – once you embrace it. It’s the only true way to see the world around us because humility gives us eyes to see reality.
In Lisa Guest’s book “100 Favorite Bible Verses”, she defines what true humility is. I hope you enjoy this excerpt:
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
-1 Peter 5
Godly humility brings freedom, hope, and a greater awareness of the Almighty’s very real love.
The word humility can bring to mind such negative associations as the unhealthy choice to be a doormat for others or the “I don’t care, whatever you want is fine with me” person. But none of that is biblical, godly, or Christlike humility … Jesus’ choice of humility meant submitting to God’s authority and the eternal plan that involved …
Jesus’ willingness to submit to God’s plan–”Thy will be done”–is an example to us. As Paula Rinehart says, “To humble yourself is to surrender to the authority of God in your life. ‘Okay, Lord, I give in. I take my place as Your well-loved child. You know what is best for me.’ There is something enormously freeing about a humility that recognizes and surrenders to God . . . As I rest under the mighty hand of God, I let Him carry the weight of my life. My hope is planted in the reality that He cares for me–pure and simple.”
Simple to understand, but not easy to live out. Yet, God Himself will enable you to humble yourself under His authority and then to experience the freedom that comes with surrendering to Him.
Lord God… my humility can help my faith in You grow. Show me, I ask, the way of humility and enable me to walk that path–by Your grace and according to Your kingdom plan.