- Every man in whose heart is pride is exceedingly displeasing in the eyes of God (Proverbs 16:5, 8:13).
- God resists them all but gives more grace to the humble (James 4:6).
- God hates pride in men because it’s a state of the mind that leads men to believe that there’s no God (Psalm 10:4).
Take for example the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, God made him King of kings and gave him a glorious kingdom along with the power to rule (ref. Daniel 2:37-38).
After God had elevated King Nebuchadnezzar, he built an image of gold, and he commanded that at the sound of the flute, harp, and all kinds of music people were suppose to fall on their knees to worship the image of gold that was made in dedication of himself (ref. Daniel 3:1-7).
As Nebuchadnezzar committed this idolism it did not stop there for when God spoke to the King through Daniel pride erected in his heart instead of the humbleness and the King exalted himself to be equal to or higher than God by saying the following words:
the Lord God quickly responded thus:
The Bible tells us that in the same hour all the words of God were fulfilled in the life of Nebuchadnezzar and that he was driven away from men to live like animals eating grass (ref. Daniel 4:33). After Nebuchadnezzar’s humiliation, he came back to his senses, and one of the things he mentioned was:
When King Nebuchadnezzar had come to his senses and humbled himself before the Lord the following happened:
On the other hand, humbleness is a quality of the mind that concede on God’s and men’s rank in all the creation, that God is the creator and we are His creation.
Proper humility toward God is an admission of our weakness, sinfulness, unprofitableness, inability to do the right thing or to accomplish it by ourselves.
For the Lord said, “…for my power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9) which means when we depend on God entirely then we can witness the power of God, the gifts of God and the glory of the Word of God work in us.
WHAT BUILD’S HUMILITY IN US?
- To come to the full conviction that no one is good but God (Mark 10:18)
- That no one is justified by self-righteousness (Luke 18:9-17, 1 John 1:8,10)
- Come to depend on God entirely as a child undividedly depends on his parents (Matthew 18:1-4)
- Submit To God’s commands (Exodus 40:16, Hebrews 8:5, Philippians 2:8, James 4:7, 1 Peter 2:21-22)
WHAT DO WE GAIN FROM HUMILITY
- God exalts and give more grace to the humble and heals their land for he delights in them. (James 4:6, 2 Chronicles 7:14)
- God provides wisdom to the humble that they may inherit the earth and encounter an abundant peace. (Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37:11, John 14:27)
The example that Jesus Christ left us is this,
though being God Jesus humbled himself and was made in the likeness of men and took upon him the form of a servant and became obedient to the point of death of the cross (Philippians 2:6-7).
We too are called to have the same mind that is in Christ, for in humbleness there’s holiness and in holiness, the image of Christ and the image of Christ is the perfect image of God the Father.
It came a time when the disciples began to dispute among themselves which of them was going to be considered the greatest (ref. Mark 9:34) Jesus replied thus:
To conclude humbleness is to think soberly, according to the measure of faith and grace that God contribute individually to each man.