Humility is a big deal to God.
Countless times throughout Scripture, God gave mercy to those who humbled themselves before Him.
And I’m not just talking about the faithful and righteous. No, God withheld His wrath from evil men who turned toward Him in humility.
Ahab was the most evil king of Israel. Because of the evil he did during his time as king, he was sentenced to disaster. God spoke of death, ruin and severe punishment. But when Ahab heard of this, he changed.
"Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son." 1 King 21:29
Because of his humility, God gave him mercy.
Humility is a powerful thing. When we choose to submit to the Lord in all we do and to surrender every part of our lives to Him, we will be rewarded.
Consider these 7 promises that God makes to those who are humble.
1. Saved from Affliction
You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. -Psalm 18:27
God promises to save those who are humble. When we align our hearts with God, we will find the strength we need to overcome any trial.
I know that I grow weary and afraid when I look to the trials ahead. But God promises that if we surrender our hearts to Him in humility, that He will save us from affliction. He will provide us with what we need to overcome. In Him, there is victory.
2. He Guides and He Teaches
He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. -Psalm 25:9
As we humble ourselves before God, we will find that God reveals to us where we should go. Sometimes there is a big decision before us and other times it may just be a day by day guidance.
In humility, we open our hearts to the guidance that God seeks to provide us with.
It takes surrender to truly listen and be open to God’s prompting.
When you fully surrender your heart to God and humble yourself before Him, you will find direction and guidance in His will for you.
Grace is mentioned most often as a promise for humility.
He mocks proud mockers, but gives grace to the humble. -Proverbs 3:34
God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. -James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5
When we forsake our pride and look to the Lord, we will receive grace. God’s grace is powerful and when we struggle, we must remember to be humble and surrender our hearts to God.
When we surrender our desire for control, our hope to accomplish in our own strength, and our grasp on our lives, God will provide us with profound grace.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. -Proverbs 11:2
In surrender and humility, God will grant us wisdom. Wisdom is so much more than knowledge. It is knowing God’s will. It is knowing God’s truth and how to apply it. It is knowing God’s love in every situation.
The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. -Proverbs 15:33
Before a downfall the heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. -Proverbs 18:12
With humility there is honor. This honor is not what we tend to think about in today’s society. True honor starts with God alone. When we submit to God and humble ourselves before His throne, we are transformed and the lives we live become honorable to Him.
As we purify our hearts before God and commit to His transforming love, we will be renewed and therefore honored.
6. Greatest in Heaven
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -Matthew 18:4
There is none more humble than a child.
Jesus speaks of the importance of being like children in our faith. Children are humble and in humility they heed their parents guidance. In humility they trust their guardians.
Do you heed to the Lord as a child does to his parents? Do you trust the Lord’s guidance and commands as a child trusts his parents?
In this humility there is greatness. Consider our merely human example. A child who listens perfectly to his parents, honors them, and is humble before them, is considered great in their eyes.
How much more are we considered great when we humble ourselves before the King of Kings, our loving Father?
7. Lifted Up
Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up. -James 4:10
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He promises that He will lift us up in His timing. We can take great comfort in this. As we submit to His leading and His will, we can be sure that He will lift us up.
No matter how difficult your circumstance, how trying your testimony and how fearful the future feels, you can rely on the promise that when you are humble before God, He will lift you up.
I take great comfort in these promises because I know that no matter what happens around me, the Lord has something good planned for me. The Lord will lift me up in His time, He will give me grace, guidance and wisdom.
I encourage you to pray for humility in your everyday life. Pray that God will grow this in you. And you will be rewarded.
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