What does it mean to be completely humble before God? Diane shares.
“Humble yourselves therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” (1 Peter 5:6)
What is humility? It means the act of being humble. As a verb, it is to destroy the independence of–or will of–self. So I ask myself and you, are you willing to humble yourself before the Lord? Are we flexible when He speaks, willing to listen, to conform to His will? Or are we stiff and rigid as a piece of steel, unyielding to the gentle breeze of His breath as it flows over us?
It is often easy to say we are humble, especially when we are in a season of turmoil from illness, depression, or stress of caring for a loved one and having to watching them in their daily struggle. In those times we find ourselves on our knees, seeking His strength and wisdom.
Humility means much more than just the realization that we are not in control of all that is within the confines of our lives. It is the realization that God is using all that we encounter to mold us; to teach us to bend and bow down to His will as a stalk of wheat in the wind.
Even when we do not understand His methods, God tell is that “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Jesus chose to be the essence of humility itself–standing in the gap for us and our sins. He shows us exactly what it means to be truly humble in the eyes of God.
It means to continuously have the heart of a servant, placing our Father’s purposes in the forefront of our minds. I pray that each of us will allow God to bend and shape us according to His Good and perfect will, that we each will bend under His breath, choosing to be as Jesus, a moldable, loving servant to all.
Prayer: Father, as we go throughout our days, let us be willing to bend and be shaped by You. Help us to listen; to respond in obedience to whatever You desire for us to be and do. Always striving to have a servant’s heart, humble and yielding to Your good and perfect will for our lives. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata lives in Florida. She has three grown children, and a wonderful husband who offers much support. She enjoys leading a women’s bible study group as well as a chronic pain and illness support group. She enjoys art and writing as well. She is a colon cancer survivor, but deals with chronic digestive illness and pain. But her greatest joy is encouraging and sharing with others that entire God has done in her life and continues to do.
When do you find yourself most easily choosing to be humble before God? When is it most difficult? How has God used you as you were flexible and bent under the breath of His will?
In this video the Rhett Walker Band sings, “When Mercy Found Me.” When we find ourselves on our knees, or flat out on our face, there is nothing left to give us strength but God Himself. Giving ourselves to Him, humbly–depleted even–is where the healing in our situation can begin. I hope this song encourages you as it does me. -Lisa