Humility That Disarms Pride - The One Year Salt and Light Devotional

Humility That Disarms Pride

1 Peter 5:5-7

“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. (1 Peter 5:5-6)

MACHIAVELLI’S THE PRINCE DESCRIBES all the ideal characteristics of a ruler for undermining opposition, stabilizing his realm, and optimizing his own power. Humility does not make the list, except as a quality a ruler might wish to appear to have. And it’s true, in terms of achieving status and power in a proud world; humility has little utilitarian value. Those who make the most visible marks on history are rarely known for their self-effacing attitudes.

The Kingdom of God is another matter, however, and it lasts much longer than history. Those who shape its story and make their mark are those who know who they are in God’s sight and defer to him. Hebrew sages and prophets, with a discerning eye on Israel’s history and a sensitive ear to God’s voice, kept coming back to this remarkable theme: God’s affinity for the humble. He mocks the proud but gives grace to the humble (Proverbs 3:34). The high and lofty one lives with those who are lowly and contrite (Isaiah 57:15). The Lord has required only that we do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with him (Micah 6:8). Jesus emphasized this truth in his teachings, and the New Testament writers pointed to it frequently. While the world talks about being “on the right side of history,” we would rather be on the right side of God. And we will find humility a valued commodity there.

If you want to disarm the power of pride in the environment around you, enter into it with great humility. Cultivate a humble heart, and cling to it stubbornly. The temptations to conform to an atmosphere of self-importance will be great, but genuine, confident humility is ultimately more influential than the masks the vain wear. Many of the proud will ignore you; others will be confounded. Either way, you will position yourself to transform the spiritual culture and represent the heart of your Father well.

{Jesus, as great as you are, you clothed yourself in humility and took the form of a human being. So why are we human beings so eager to clothe ourselves in pride? May I never be one who does. May the immense value you’ve placed on my life lead to humble worship. Amen.

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