Learning the Art of Humility
This past month I have spent some time reflecting on exactly what humility means. How does it apply scripturally and in my walk with the Lord. The Lord laid some heartfelt information on my heart.
For example, did you know that humility means the quality or condition of being humble; modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance. Some may say that being humble is a weakness, but that is so wrong. Moses was said to be one of the most humble men on the earth (Numbers 12:3). God does not always call on those who are qualified, he calls on those who he chooses and are humble and teachable. They are willing to lay down their life to do his work. If you read in the bible you will see over and over, God using those you would least expect to make the biggest movements.
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
So many of us have a great calling on our lives, but we can become impatient and we don’t humble ourselves. God’s timing is usually not the same as our timing. You might want to get things started sooner, but if God doesn’t think it is time, it won’t happen. Look at Esther, she had a year of preparations before she was allowed to go to the king. That is 12 months, she went through the process of purifying. In those months she became stronger, and God used her to save her people from the wicked Haman’s evil plot (Esther 8). If she would have went at say month one, would the outcome have been different?
If you are asking yourself how do you become humble, it is simple. Remain teachable, be kind to others, do not be boastful, seek guidance from the Lord for your path in life, and be grateful.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 1 Peter 5:6
If we open up our hearts, learn to become humble, God can use us for his works. If you are feeling God is calling you to do something that you feel less than qualified, just trust and allow him to be your trainer. In the Bible you can read over and over he uses those who are humble to do his greatest works! We have to have our hearts wide open for God to step in and use us for his works. If we are so tied up in our own doings, he can not use us for what he has called us to do. It makes you dig deep and really look in to see if you are allowing God to use you, if you are called.
Lord, I thank you for your unconditional love and favor. I pray that you can help me humble myself before you. I pray that you can show me the areas that I need to work on, to become more humble. I thank you for calling me to follow you, and I thank you for your strength and love. Lord if you have a work that you are wanting me to do, I pray I can listen and hear your voice that will guide me.