4 Ways Humility Will Leave You Blessed
BY PASTOR MARC EIDAHL | BISMARCK CAMPUS PASTOR
Cancer is a word and disease that I have come to hate more and more. I'm sure we have mutual feelings about it. It seems almost everyone has been impacted by this awful sickness whether directly or indirectly. But that is not the subject of this blog.
No, this short blog is a challenge for us to overcome another disease. A disease that like cancer, can grow in us without us even being fully aware of it. Little by little it can take ground in our hearts until it becomes a mature developed sin in our lives. I'm speaking of pride. Not the healthy kind of pride we have when we're proud of our kids, our church, or a friend. The kind of pride I'm speaking of separates us from God and from other people. In fact, God warns us numerous times in Scripture about it!
I see pride creep up in my life more often than I wish. Just when I think I'm really in a place of humility, it's as if God reveals another area of pride. I think conquering pride in our lives is really a lifelong process, but it is one we must be absolutely committed to! Here are some quick blessings that come as a result of conquering pride:
1: Humility results in an open heaven.
It's interesting how the prophet Isaiah begins the sixth chapter of the book that bears his name: "In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up,” Isaiah 6:1. If you study Uzziah's life, you find out that Uzziah started off well as a king but ultimately came under God's judgment and died because of his pride.
2 Chronicles 26:16 records: "But when he had become powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall. He sinned against the LORD his God by entering the sanctuary of the LORD's Temple and personally burning incense on the incense altar."
I find it interesting that it wasn't until Uzziah died that Isaiah had a vision of the throne room! This tells me that when pride dies in my life, it opens up the Heavens over my life!
2: Humility releases God's grace in our lives.
I don't know about you, but I need God's grace every single day! I need it even more as the days go on! James gives us an exact method to experience God's grace: "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, ‘The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously?’ But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’”
3: Humility brings about Heavenly wisdom.
I don't have a clue how to run my own life much of the time. I need God's wisdom to be a great husband, father, and Pastor. I need Him to show me how to manage my home, finances, and the lead the church. In short, what would we do without God's wisdom? The Bible tells us that one of the keys to tapping into God's wisdom is to humble ourselves.
“When pride comes, then comes shame; but with the humble is wisdom,” Proverbs 11:2.
“By pride comes nothing but strife, but with the well-advised is wisdom,” Proverbs 13:10.
4: Humility results in honor.
I want to honor other people and be honorable. But sometimes my pride results in dishonor. If we really want to be honored in our lives, then we must live an honorable life which is done by being humble.
“Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, and before honor is humility,” Proverbs 18:12.
“A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor,” Proverbs 29:23.
Let's pray for one another that we can walk in true humility. That we can retain the virtues of humility, hunger, and teachability. When we have these virtues in our lives, God takes notice!
Marc P. Eidahl