Humility is the consummate virtue of the believer in Jesus. “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Without humility there is no grace because there is no recognition of the need for God. We wrongheadedly think we can do just fine on our own, thank you very much. So, how’s that been working for you lately? Are you frustrated, worried, and/or despondent? Humility opens to us the wide vistas of God’s love and mercy. A humble spirit makes church leadership both possible and bearable because the building of the church ultimately rests with Christ. A humble spirit helps relieve the anxious worries that wash over us because our care is really in the hands of God. A humble spirit enables us to resist the devil and remain strong in faith because Satan has nothing we want. A humble spirit fortifies us to stay steady through suffering because we share in the sufferings of Jesus, and it is a privilege.
This isn’t just some biblical spin-doctoring in order to have a positive attitude in the middle of crappy circumstances; humility really is the virtue to which we all need to aspire. Genuine spiritual humility actually delivers what we need the most: to rest secure in the merciful arms of God. And it is what this old world needs the most of, and to which we must reinforce in all of our church leadership appointments, political elections, and work staffing. No amount of brains and hard work can make up for a lack of humility. God will be in control forever, and the sooner we sync our lives with this truth the better off we will be.
Sovereign God, you cause people and nations to rise and to fall. I place my complete trust and devotion in you. With all the humility I can muster, I bow to you and submit to your gracious work in my life and in the life of the world. Shoo pride far from me, and let me share in your sufferings so that I might share in your glory through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen.