Noah Webster 1828 Definition: In ethics, freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth.
Theological Definition: Humility consists in lowliness of mind; a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God; self-abasement; penitence for sin; and submission to the divine will.
Hmm…humility. This is a hard one to recognize in our culture. For the most part, we are taught to fight for our own rights, stand up for ourselves, and not let anyone push us around. We worry about what man may do to us, so we put up our defenses, mental walls, and barricades to protect our “oh so valuable perceived personal rights.” This borderlines on pride, which God opposes. (James 4:6) What would be an appropriate view of humility? What does God’s Word say? In that same James 4:6 verse it says, “He gives grace to the humble.” Hmm… Opposed by God, or given grace? I’m thinking I should pursue the “grace thing,” and from what I can see in Scripture, that is the “humble thing.” James 4:10, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” Proverbs 22:4, “The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor, and life.” Proverbs 15:33, “The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility.” These verses encourage me to humble myself. This is a proactive decision of my will played out every day in my thoughts, actions, and desires. Are those deferred to and put under God’s will, or am I pursuing “my will” in these thoughts, actions, and desires? Lord, I desire humility over pride. Help me see the fullness of Your ways over my puny perceived personal rights.
I love You God, I trust You God, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank You God.