DAILY DEVOTION, March 25, 2022
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up (James 4:10).
Humility is a foundational Christian virtue. I have preached on the theme often. It is also a strange virtue. If you are intelligent, you can be proud of your wisdom. If you are a talented athlete, you can be proud of your skills. Can we be proud of our humility? There is an old joke about a man who won an award for humility. When he accepted the award, they took it back!
Our fallen human nature seems to strive for recognition and achievement. James reminds us that we have nothing to be proud of when compared to God! We have good reasons to live with humility. Whatever talents we possess are gifts from God. The salvation we have received is a gift from God. If we are well off financially, that is a gift from God. When God is removed from our lives, what is left? Nothing! When you feel pride welling up in your soul, beware! We are called to live with humility, recognizing and thanking God for all we have and all we are. Those who exalt themselves, God pushes down. Those who humble themselves, God lifts up.
Father, I thank You for this reminder that I am to live before You in humility. I want to walk humbly before You daily. Please help me, for Jesus’ sake, Amen.