Humility: Coming to God on His Terms
The way down is the only way up.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
We live in an upside-down world where humility is scorned and pride is revered. These false messages are constantly being thrown at us. And we, just like hikers who have lost our way, are no longer seeing the red marker on the tree that assures us that this is the right path. Somewhere along the way, our thinking took a wrong turn.
But because of Christ, we are not lost! Amidst our confusion and anxiety, we can hear a voice, suddenly louder than all the other voices, calling us back. This is God’s Word. This is grace. Do you hear it?
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He (the Spirit) says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:6-10)
God has left us a trail of grace that leads us back to Himself. It begins and ends with humility. Not the kind of humility that the world defines as “low self-esteem,” but a biblical humility. We are called to humility. We are commanded to be humble. Humility is an action. “Humble yourselves!”
Humility is stooping, lowering ourselves, bowing, acknowledging our sin with a contrite heart.
“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
Humility is praying, seeking the face of God, and recognizing ourselves as sinners before a Holy God.
“If my people who are called by My name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)
Humility is seeing the Lord high and lifted up and seeing ourselves as unclean and unworthy apart from Him.
“…I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up… ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!’ ….And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’ ....And He touched my mouth and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.’” (Isaiah 6:1,3,5,7)
I love where Julie writes, "...we can hear a voice, suddenly louder than all the other voices, calling us back. This is God’s Word. This is grace." How will you seek Him this week?
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