With Humility Comes Wisdom

The stuck-up fall flat on their faces,
but down-to-earth people stand firm.
— Proverbs 11:2

By Nina Roach

God will lift us up as we humble ourselves under His mighty hand. The more we abandon our ways and lower our estimations about ourselves we will gain wisdom and soundness of mind. What is the definition of humility? To reduce to a low state. It also means lowly, modest, meek, submissive, opposed to being proud, haughty, arrogant and assuming.

None of us know it all nor can we do it all. Pride is burdensome! It is hard to pretend that we are more than we are, or constantly having to live up to false estimations we have created about ourselves. I mean really, who are we trying to impress? What is causing us to be discontented with being less or having less than others? Or not knowing the answers or having the answers and being too afraid to share them?

When we are puffed up with arrogant attitudes or self-importance we are opening up doors and making room for dishonor and shame in our lives. We are also demonstrating how we have not learned to walk humbly with God and others. Andrew Murray, a Dutch Reformed Church missionary was sent from Scotland to South Africa. He once explained that as a young pastor he had been full of zeal and worked hard. He knew he was born again, but he felt that he was lacking power in his ministry. He longed for something better.

An older missionary encouraged him with these words,"If God puts a desire in your heart he will fulfill it.” Andrew Murray is the author of the book: “Humility: The Beauty of Holiness.” You may be wondering today why I am sharing this resource with you. God wants us to move forward, but we can't move on successfully with pride in our hearts and without acknowledging the Holy Spirit who will direct our paths.

Pride comes before a fall. And having an unreasonable conceit of our own that makes us feel superiority in our talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank, or elevation in our office. This can manifest itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve, and often in contempt of others. All of these will get us no where in the Kingdom of God. If God puts a desire in our hearts He will fulfill it as He shows us the way.

One of the characteristics that Christ was noted for was His humility as He had learned the ways of His Father and humbly submitted to them. He made humble statements in the gospel of John such as: "My teaching is not Mine", "I do nothing of Myself", "I seek not My own glory", "The words that I say, I speak not from Myself" or lastly, "The word which you hear is not Mine." Let's be reminded today to humble ourselves and make it a point to listen, obey and trust God as we learn of His ways. Only then will we gain wisdom and soundness of mind. 

Decree It: I humble myself before the Lord, and He will lift me up. I take the yoke of Christ and learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart, and I will find rest for my soul.