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Humility Before God

Posted by Jerry White on Jun 28, 2012

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite.

Isaiah 57:15 (ESV)

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Humility toward God is akin to the fear of God: it begins with a high view of God’s person. As we see God in his majesty, awesomeness, and holiness, we are humbled before him. In every occasion in the Scriptures in which man was privileged to view God in his glory, he was brought low or humbled in the presence of God. Moses bowed to the ground and worshiped; Isaiah cried, ‘Woe is me!’ Ezekiel fell face down; John fell at his feet as though dead. Even the four living creatures and the twenty–four elders in heaven of Revelation fell down before the throne of the glorified Lamb.

Humility is every area of life, in every relationship with other people, begins with a right concept of God as the One who is infinite and eternal in his majesty and holiness. We are to humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand, approaching every relationship and every circumstance in reference to him. When relationships with people are good and circumstances are favorable, we are to humbly receive these blessings from his gracious hand. When people are mistreating us and circumstances are difficult, we are to humbly accept them as from an infinitely wise and loving heavenly Father.

This humility before God is basic to all our relationships in life. We cannot begin to experience humility in any other relationship until we experience a deep and profound humility in our attitude toward God. When we are conscious of our (sinful) creature relationship to an infinitely majestic and holy God, we will not wish to selfishly compare ourselves with others. And to the extent that our awareness of our lowly place before God is an abiding one, we will avoid the temptations of pride and competition.”

Jerry Bridges

The Practice of Godliness, 91-92 (1983)

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Humility before God will be expressed by humility towards those with whom we live.

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