After half a century of following Jesus, I have arrived at several conclusions. First, God is faithful. He's always faithful to me, even though I'm not always faithful to Him. Second, God is always good. Every time, in every circumstance, even when I cannot see it, God is good. Third, God loves humility and wants humility from us. Humility always wins with God! Today, let's consider together the beginning of a psalm that I was reading recently that can help us to see this more clearly:
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. (Psalm 34:1-3)
I love this passage because I love to worship God and give Him thanks and praise but as I was reading it again a few days ago, I was struck by these words: “The humble shall hear.” Humble people hear from God. People who think they know all about God are not humble. People who are not open to hearing from other people are not humble and they're unlikely to hear from God. If we are committed to hearing only what we think we already know, we aren't likely to hear from God. If we are rebellious or driven by our anger or our religious traditions, we are unlikely to hear from God. Jesus was humble, the most humble Person in history. He humbled Himself to die on a cross. If you were the Creator and Ruler of the Universe, would you choose to die for people who you knew would someday hate you, betray you, disobey you and curse you? Jesus was and is humble and He wants us to be humble, too. If you and I are not humble, we may very well miss—or even worse, resist—what God wants us to hear and do. Here are a few practical suggestions for becoming more humble. Let others be more important than you. Let others get the credit for things you do. When you think you have been slighted, let it go. Help somebody with a task you dislike doing. Do you want to hear from God? Do you want to be glad? Do you want to be more like Jesus?
Here's a tip...humble yourself!