“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-8
When I was a tad bit younger than I am right now :), being ‘humble‘ was in the eyes and perception of the beholder and perceiver. It had absolutely nothing to do with the only ONE who would have the accurate definition. As the scripture verse above detects, the heart which is seen by God alone determines a person’s state of humility or the lack thereof.
So human beings chose to attribute humility to the person that least intimidated them. Or better still if you purposely chose tattered apparel over good existing ones and walked around with a mope, then you were humble. If you chose a state of misery with disregard to God’s offer of ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory’ and perpetually embraced a disposition of failure then you were humble.
“Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate…” Joel 2:12-14
Based on the above scenario; picture what could be attributed to someone who was the opposite of that description. The blessings and the favor of God on their life would be a constant force of contention with those who had not learnt who they were in Christ Jesus. Their obedience to “… take no thought of what…” becomes disdained by others. Their desire to be all that the Lord has ordained for their life is described as pride…
“So that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Let us find out once and for all from God’s own words how to detect and promote humility while dealing a death-blow to pride in all its forms, camouflage and deceits.
“For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him…” 2 Chronicles 16:8-10
“Has not my hand-made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.”
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-7
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord…” 1 Peter 3:14-16
“Acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:8-10
Now is that not a great promise to hope for…