Both King David and the Apostle Paul touch on the value of humility in the passages below. For David, he described being crushed by the betrayal of his close companion (possibly his spiritual advisor, Ahithophel -see 2 Samuel 15:30, 31). For Paul, he could not do everything he wanted on his own due to the thorn in his flesh (possible eyesight deficiencies after being struck by a saving light on the road to Damascus).
Relying on God to get us through an overwhelming situation or relying on others to help because of our own “deficiencies” develops a strong sense of humility.
Humility is important because it reminds us who it is we worship!! (…not our capable self!) Instead, we are freed to worship our capable God. It frees us to recognize and give Him thanks for all that He provides.
For those, like me, who are plagued by a need for perfectionism, I remind myself that needing God and others is what makes me human and relatable. Instead of getting angry at myself, I get amazed at those who don’t mind helping in a time of need. In fact, they actually enjoy being a part of the solution.
I have to humble myself and admit that I cannot do it all. In fact, it’s better that I don’t, in order to keep my eyes on our great God. I found an old voice memo of me attempting to sing a meditation to God. It was so refreshing to hear in my song a humility before the Creator and sustainer of my heart. Try making up your own song today and know God is waiting to show His strength through your weakness. -Teresa #beauty
Psalm 55:20-23 (ESV)
20 My companion[b] stretched out his hand against his friends;
he violated his covenant.
21 His speech was smooth as butter,
yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
yet they were drawn swords.
22 Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
23 But you, O God, will cast them down
into the pit of destruction;
men of blood and treachery
shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
2 Corinthians 10: 7-10 (ESV)
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations,[a] a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.