Proverbs 22: King James Bible
He is Humble – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty two, Verses 4-5
4 By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the froward: he that doth keep his soul shall be far from them.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – He is Humble
In the two verses above, we see two competing traits. Humility on the one hand, and the froward on the other. Polar opposites, and only one of the two will go hand in hand with the fear of the Lord, and all the blessings therein.
Humility is an enormous deal in the eyes of the Lord. Consequently, it is a big deal in the eyes of most people as well. A humble person gains favor where the forward’s abrasiveness tend to make others want to push them away.
But with the Father, it isn’t only a way he would prefer us to be. Humility is a key ingredient for just about anything that the Lord has to offer us, including salvation.
I would venture to say, that there is nobody that is so deserving of all praise and glory than the Father. We can read of his splendor in various passages throughout the Bible.
But because of the brightness of his glory, and the awe of his everlasting reign over all that he’s created, we tend to forget something very important. The Father is the most humble being that has ever been.
Think about all that he tolerates and puts up with. Also, I think about his instruction toward the sluggard, when he tells us to think about the ant. The Lord cares for us, and also cares for creatures that we’d no sooner step on.
The fact that Jesus came into being in the flesh at all is a testament to how humble at heart the Father is. He emptied himself of all his majesty, to figuratively get down and play with his kids, as well as providing a way to be reconnected to him, in Christ Jesus.
The Word says he is all in all. To me, that means he fills all of the great things, as well as the least of things. He is the largest of the large, and the smallest of the small. All at the same time. To dwell on such things is truly healthy for the soul, as we try to understand as much about the Lord as we can, while we can.
But he wants for us to be humble, in order for him to reward us accordingly. We may get rewarded here on earth, or maybe in Heaven. Either way, nobody is ever browbeaten or upbraided for being too humble.
A good way to ruin all of this, is to be as the froward person depicted above. There’s a good chance, that if you’re difficult and demanding, rather than being humble,you’re on your own in whatever it is you’re setting your hand to.
That’s a great method to get caught up with snares and thorns. Humility with a pure heart will grab the Father’s attention all day long. But he will always resist the proud. And when he stops resisting the proud, they’ll soon regret gaining his attention!
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 18: King James Bible
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 23: King James Bible
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Philippians 2: King James Bible
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
James 4: King James Bible
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4: King James Bible
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Thank you for always being there for us when we need you, and for being there all the times that we’ve never even realized. Your humility far exceeds our capacity to be humble, so we ask that you help us to be humble, and for us to resist pride when it catches an opportunity to try and do its work. In every way Lord, help us to become more like you, and less like the world. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
When contemplating the Father, isn’t it difficult to remember that he is humble?