Posted by: Jo | October 27, 2017

Humbling Ourselves Before The Lord

“Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up”

(James 4: 10)

Humble03I was reading an article just recently about a well, known statesman in our country who had just died, after a long career in government and the article was extolling the wonderful things he had achieved in his lifetime.  The words all sounded familiar for an obituary until I came to this sentence, “He was a very humble man.”  I was surprised to see them and then had to question myself as to why I was surprised as I did not usually associate that word with prominent, dynamic people constantly in the public eye.  I then began to rethink what being humble meant. I first went to the dictionary;

  • Having a low estimate of oneself
  • Not self asserting or assuming
  • Opposite of proud

I then went to Scripture and found that an equally prominent man, also with a huge job leading people, also achieving incredible feats, was described in the same way.

“Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 2: 3)

When we remember how God honoured Moses by speaking face to face with him and entrusting the sacred commandments to him, we realise that being humble is a worthy attribute to have and one that the Heavenly Father rewards.

So how do we assume the mantle of humility?

We have all probably heard the joke about the man who told all his friends of how proud he was that he was a humble man.  Pride!!  It certainly gets in the way of our best Humble04intentions and there are several verses of warning about how quickly pride can bring about disaster e.g.

“Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16: 18)

Sometimes we mistakenly allow pride to confuse our walk with the Lord. We can take pride in the fact that we don’t need any help in dealing with life’s struggles, not realising that attitude builds up a barrier between us and the Lord who longs to be a part of our everyday life and to lift us up when despair drags us down, but if we don’t ask we miss out on that healing touch. We need to be humble enough to admit we haven’t got it all together.

We can take pride in our achievements, neglecting to acknowledge how the Lord has blessed us so we are able to achieve. We have heard the expression, he prides himself on being a self-made man, thus ignoring the Lord’s hand altogether.

Sometimes it is hard to admit we need help from others, as pride in a different form takes over and we allow ourselves to suffer unnecessarily when help could so easily bring about relief.

Jesus himself is unashamed to tell us he is humble and welcomes us to share the same way with him, Humble05anything that is burdening us. So, we can be lifted by the loving hand of the Lord.

“Come to me all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28 – 29)


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  1. Another thought- provoking blog Jo. Thank you.

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