You rescue the humble, but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.2 Samuel 22:28 (NLT)
One of the shows my family and I enjoy watching is America’s Got Talent. This show features people from all over the world using their gifts (singing, dancing, illusion, comedy, etc.), to try and wow the judges, win over America, and eventually be crowned the winner.
A couple of seasons ago, the show brought back nearly all of the former winners from past seasons and the runner-ups. It was the cream-of-the-crop. The talent was amazing. The stories of many of the artists were truly inspirational. But what struck me the most was two of the contestants from England. Susan Boyle and Paul Potts. Both have extraordinary singing voices, yet don’t look the part of international superstars. They have both gone on to sell millions of albums and perform for sold out shows all over the world. Yet, every time someone paid them a compliment, they reacted with absolute humility. They weren’t the divas that singers often times can be. They answered with a simple, genuine “thank you.” They never pumped their fist, thumped their chest, or jumped up and down. They didn’t wear a cheesy grin. They simply were thankful for this moment in life.
Humility has a large roll to play in our faith. In fact, it probably is the most important thing for us to practice as Christians. Why? Humility means that the focus is always on something greater than us. Humility also dictates how close God is in our lives.
Check out our verse today, “You rescue the humble, but your eyes watch the proud and humiliate them.” Notice, God is close to us, He is rescuing us because we recognize our need of our Lord and Savior. But, when we think we somehow can manage areas of our life apart from Him, we will be humiliated when we discover that our human abilities, our human minds, cannot give us the joy and love which can only come from God. When we tell God, “I know better than you” in any area of our life, He honors our decision, steps back and allows the train wreck to happen. It is our choice to be prideful, after all.
Today, and every day, humble yourself before God. Accept that you need Him in control of every area of your life – career, school, friendships, finances, romance, family, church, where you live, and on and on. Then, be humble enough to let Him.
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