Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He May lift you up in due time.
Doesn’t the word humble automatically evokes a feeling of being less than anyone else? What do you really think this word means in the verse I have above?
Because I can tell you what it doesn’t mean. It doesn’t mean to feel less than anyone else; that’s what the world and the dictionary would tell you, but it isn’t so.
We are so afraid to give even the slightest hint of weakness, because you know, everyone will come and trampled over you. That’s dangerous thinking. This verse is not talking about us humbling ourselves to others, but to do so before God, who is mighty and perfect. It means that we recognize his power and perfection against our inability to hold power ourselves.
And by acknowledging this truth we can understand our imperfect, sinful nature, incapable of saving ourselves. But by God’s Grace, we don’t have to even try. That’s an impossible task.
Let me repeat it: Saving ourselves is an impossible task.
How then, can we be saved? How can we be made whole?
Only by knowing and accepting that we don’t have the power that God has. By knowing that no matter how much we try, there’s no way that we can know what our future holds. The only one with the knowledge and power to know these and many unknown things to us, is God almighty.
The book of Job is one of those poignant and very real examples of God confronting men’s nature of entitlement and unfounded power. The portion below is a small example of the things we don’t know:
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone -
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
And if you want to continue reading Job chapter 38 through 40, you’re in for a ride that will surely humble you, in a very good way. You get a rare glimpse of God talking about himself and the things He has done, and the power that He holds; for in the end, Job can’t answer any of the questions God is asking and all he could say is this:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
Job realizes that he doesn’t know anything, nor he holds any power over anything and he realizes that there’s no comparison to God. He understood that the one who holds the power, also holds mercy; unending, beautiful mercy towards those of us who can recognize our nature, and our inability to save ourselves.
But here’s the good news: With this newfound knowledge we can accept the gift of grace that God offers us through his Son, Jesus Christ. We no longer have to feel alone, or to fight for ourselves, because we have our friend, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, ready to do the heavy lifting for us, and all we have to do is to trust in Him.
Isn’t this amazing? This is the greatest thing that God has given us: A way out, free and undeserved (that’s why it’s called grace) but oh so perfectly fulfilling.
And by having this friendship with our God, by understanding his Word, we will receive the outpouring of his love in every aspect of our life. Life will never be the same, life will come alive.
So, I encourage today to humble yourself before God and be ready to bask in his glorious presence, to accept the gift of redemption through Jesus and become an heir of his eternal kingdom.
Wishing a beautiful weekend!
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