Proverbs 15:33 (KJV)
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.
Proverbs 15:33 (The Message)
Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living—first you learn humility, then you experience glory.
The Hebrew word for “Humility” is “Anavah”. As is often the case with Hebrew words, “Anavah” is packed with much more meaning than it initially lets on. Studying it from the root word “Anah”, along with its many variations, I submit the following as a description for “Humility”.
“Humility” is about Acknowledging our submission to and dependence upon God, Recognizing the worth and abilities of others, and Embracing a proper estimation of who we are, where we are, what we have and why we’re here.
This kind of “Humility” in our hearts will function as a life-guiding GPS that directs our spiritual journey while at the same time revealing our spiritual curriculum—God’s change agenda for our lives. When it comes to life change (cultivating virtues & eliminating vices), know that it is neither a self-help project or a shortcut process. We must cooperate with God and put in the work required for lasting change.
Measuring the “Humility” of our hearts reveals our willingness and readiness to change.
Because we must “first learn humility”, I’ve accepted Jesus’ invitation.
Matthew 11:28-30 (NASB)
28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Lord, help me to learn how to continually…
1) Acknowledge my submission to and dependence upon God
2) Recognize the worth and abilities of others
3) Embrace a proper estimation of who I am, where I am, what I have and why I’m here.