Posted by Gary on August 28, 2017
Perhaps I am not the best person to write thoughts on humility but I don’t imagine you are either. So, since I am willing to venture some thoughts perhaps you might humble yourself and be willing to listen to one as prideful as me.
You would think that creatures who owe their very existence to another would on that very basis be humble. None of us decided to come into existence or could have brought ourselves into existence. We exist because God chose to create us:
Psalm 100:3 “Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…”
We are granted every year, day, hour, minute, heartbeat and breath how could we be anything but humble and grateful? Death is a great reason to be humble. We are not in charge of how many years, days, hours, minutes, heartbeats or breaths we will have. The Bible could not speak in more humbling terms, you and I are mere vapors:
James 4:13-14 “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”
Yet somehow we assume that we will have tomorrow. We fritter away today’s seconds, minutes and hours with the assumption that there are more to come. We love songs like “My Way”:
What is a man? What has he got? If not himself, then he has naught. To say the words he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels. The record shows, I took the blows and did it my way.
If I am a creature that is bound to die, something must be wrong with “my way”. Am I willing to admit it? Am I willing to acknowledge that the One who made me and who never dies knows more than I? That I not only owe Him my obedience because He created me but also because it is also in my best interest to listen and not insist that I know better and am the captain of my own fate?
Pride is my refusal to acknowledge who I am, a created being who owes his existence to His Creator. Pride is my determination to walk in my own way and not God’s. Pride is ultimately my refusal to love God more than I do myself.
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