Humility is emptiness of self; having no concern for your rights and your importance. A humble person doesn’t feel entitled to anything but wrath from God. In the last post I talked about the link between humility and seeing God clearly. We looked at Isaiah, Peter, and John the Baptist, three men who had a big view of God and therefore a low view of themselves.
“Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” – Isaiah (Is 6:5)
“You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God!” “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” – Peter (Mt 16:16, Lk 5:8)
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John the Baptist (Jn 3:30)
Cultivating humility begins with an accurate view of our Holy God and understanding that the only thing we deserve is wrath. But without the element of faith, you will stop short of true humility. Here’s what I mean: Yes, we need to understand that our God is holy and before Him we stand condemned. This is crucial. But we must also believe that He is who He says He is: “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.” (Ex 34:6, Ne 9:17, Ps 86, 103, 145, Jl 2:13, Jn 4:2) Without an understanding of God’s bent toward grace and compassion, we will stop short of humility and end in self-pity.