Before the Lord

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

 1. having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance. Or of low social, administrative or political rank.
         synonyms: meek, deferential, respectful, submissive, diffident, self-effacing,                  unassertive, lowly, poor, undistinguished, mean, modest, ignoble, low born, underprivileged.
  2. lower in dignity or importance
         synonyms: humiliate, abase, demean, lower, degrade, debase
 In today’s world, what does being humble look like.  When everyone’s working diligently to get ahead, win the race, fight to the end and let’s face it………. compete with the Jones! How easy is it to be humble?
I don’t have an answer for you that is as simple as ABC because this is something that I have to work on daily.  To humble yourself is not a bad thing, in fact, as the bible says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will lift you up”.  So does God call us to be humble?
Well what is the opposite of humility?  Pride!

Proverbs 16: 5: “Everyone that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord.”

Proverbs 8:13: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, but pride and arrogance and the evil way
and the froward mouth do I hate

So again I ask, “Does God call us to be humble?”

Dueteronomy 8:2  Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

We must humble ourselves before the Lord so that our heart is open to the Lord and He knows we will keep his commands.

Well what about humbling ourselves to others around us.  Would you rather be close to someone that you knew what was in their heart because they were brave enough and tough enough to humble themselves before you and be open/honest or would you rather not know them really at all, just a surface relationship?

Just a thought!  I know which is my choice.  What’s yours?  And are you going to humble yourselves before the Lord and others?

Lord, thank you for being my guide.  Thank you for giving me the Holy Spirit to help me with my day to day choices.  Please be with me Lord and help me fight away the urges to be prideful.  Help me to remember that being humble is bringing my heart closer to You. Amen!

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