30/30 Challenge: Day 9

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

Humility, like patience, is another one of those topics that is prevalent throughout the Good Book, but not always so popular to discuss.

Which is a shame because could you imagine how much better the history of the world would have been if people adhered to the rules of humility? Not going to name names:

*Lucifer* *Babylon* *Pharaoh*

Just to not name a few. But I’m not here to point fingers, I do want to share what I learned about humility and how it enhances my relationship with the Lord.

The best aspect of humility is not necessarily admitting my shortcomings but rather acknowledging God’s greatness and appreciating that without Him there is nothing. God is God.

At first I thought humility was the opposite of empowerment. To be humble meant to be meek and weak and insignificant. But that’s not the case at all.

Instead of saying, “I’m a poor sap,” which is negative thinking that I don’t recommend, I exercise humility by saying, “God is great, without flaw, capable of anything.”

Now here’s the good part. God is amazing and doesn’t need us, but wants us. That’s what I find especially comforting. That and the sense of security He provides is something I only experience through humility.

I have practiced pride before. The high was okay, at best, but the come down was a B.

If you put too much faith in your own abilities, then when you encounter a situation that challenges you and you fail… it’s earth-shattering. Devastating. But when you humble yourself and put the pressure of being perfect on God- He can handle it. Because God doesn’t fail. Ever.

  • Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
  • Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will life you up. (James 4:10)
  • When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2)

Studying the Bible has been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I mean that. Each day I learn something new and I find myself thinking, “This has been here all along and I’m just now getting it?!” But better late than never.

*Rae

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11 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 9

  1. Job 28:28 says “….fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding”. In this reference ‘fear’ means reverential awe and respect. I like AA’s definition of humility as “a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become who we could be”. This finally drilled into my thick skull that humility is a good thing. I like your writing.

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  2. I like that description, too! Humility is a good thing. It just sucks that we live in an age when everyone is trying to be “empowered” empowered socially, sexually, etc. But humility is something too many of us learn after a not-so-fun reality check. Thanks for your comment and compliment!

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  3. Love this scripture…Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. -Proverbs 22:4… And I agree that studying the Bible is eye-opening. If it’s not, we’re missing it somewhere. It’s a life long journey of discovery and adjustment. What a privilege!

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  4. If you can learn humility, and put away pride, you will indeed go far in your walk with the Lord. It is pride that gets in the way. When I think I’m in control, when I think I can handle it on my own, when I think the situation is too much for me – I rob myself of the grace of God. Allow God to strip you of all over zealous pride and His humility will lead you to new depths of His love.

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  5. *Rae Oh Humility, I love it. yes we all have ego’s and I am the best at this, but I think that most people miss the point of Humility, Humility shows a kind of respect and strength which is lacking in most Faiths/Paths. Within you post “I said No” and the answer you gave me showed that your Humility is shining through, mainly I think, your Total Faith in both God and Christ, and that will make you has hard as steel, but as soft as silk.

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  6. Great post – Rae on the topic of Humility. I think that Humility and Pride are alike but at the same time different.

    While the “I” in Pride focuses on ourselves, the “I” in Humility focuses on others and God.

    Do you mind if I reference this in a blog post about Humility vs Pride?

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