“You will save the humble people; but Your eyes are on the naughty, that You may bring them down” (2 Samuel 22:28).
HIS NAME WAS GEORGE he was barely a shadow of the man he had once been. Confined to a wheelchair; he could now be seen at church, talking patiently to the members, far from the coarse words that he had like to say for years. He had once been a rich man with an elegant bearing, tall and strong, proud, with a firm step and arrogant look. His life had been a coming and going with respect to the church because of the disconformity he felt toward its leaders. He constantly criticized them and spoke about then as from a pedestal of superiority. He had not surrender himself to God. When the cruel illness came to his life, it became a tremendous lesson in humility for him.
This is a reality of life that I learned a long time ago: human pride ends when a doctor gives us the difficult news of a terminal illness, when a business transaction ruins all the earnings acquired over years, when a loved one dies without our being able to do anything to prevent it- in summary, when difficult trials come to our lives. Huma pain is very often God’s opportunity, and He users it because He wants us to be humble in order to save us.
What exactly. Is being humble? The dictionary says it very clearly. Humility is “the quality of being without pride, voluntary self-abasement.” Being humble is knowing our own limitations and weaknesses; it is realizing that we are simply human and therefore imperfect and needing a God who refines and transforms us. Being humble is knowing we are weak as far as our own strength, but knowing we are strong when we depend on God. Being humble is submitting our lives to Him and yielding our will to His
There is no dough that God sees things in a different way than we do. To Him, “a man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor” (Proverbs 29:23). For that reasons, we must choose. What do we want: to be proud while life does not give is that definitive lesson of humility, or being humble at all times and with everyone, and waiting for God to be the one to exalt us when and times where He thinks it best? I do not know about you, but I choose the second option.