[Column] God Gives Grace to the Humble

It is said that the most miserable of all insects is myrmecia, commonly known as bulldog ants. This species is known for its head and tail constantly fighting each other. As a result, it can never be at peace. The fierce battle between the head and the tail continues even if the insect cut in two. The tail ties itself around the head and stings while the head bites the tail. Even when divided into two, it engages in a meaningless fight and dies in the end. As a believer, we must not live like myrmecia. The moment we say to ourselves out of pride “I’m worth it” we clash with all things and eventually fall (Proverbs 16:18). Proud Satan always lurks behind us to tempt us. His work is not always easily noticed for it is manifested through a subtle tendency to gain control over our social status, achievements, appearance, interpersonal relationships, wealth, power, and personal connections. Especially for those with years of spiritual experiences, Satan instills in them spiritual pride. This particular pride manifests through the extolment of one’s own spirituality, the obdurate disobedience to the authority, the judgment against the spiritually immature, and so on.

God deals directly with the proud (1 Peter 5:5). The wreath of pride will surely be trampled upon. (Isaiah 28:3). Incredible acceleration is not the only factor that determines the quality of an automobile. An excellent automobile must be equipped with properly working brakes as well. Just as God gave Paul the thorn in the flesh, God interrupts us when we grow arrogant. If we love our children like idols, we will suffer because of our children. If we worship money like an idol and boast our wealth, we will perish because of money: “By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.”(Ezekiel 28:5). If we worship a business like an idol, it will depart from us. Idolatry of knowledge and learning leads to pride (1 Corinthians 8:1). Satan fell as a result of his pride. So did Adam and Eve when they fell into the temptation that they would be like God. The Israelites in the Old Testament suffered greatly because of their pride and disobedience. If you think you are standing upright, you must be careful not to fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).

God gives grace to the humble (1 Peter 5:5). We had much rain and lightning last week. Lightning always strikes the highest point. Likewise, God brings down the proud. Dew does not usually form at the top of the mountain, where the wind constantly blows. Rather, it forms in small valleys. Similarly, the dew of heavenly grace falls on the humble heart. A well known Saint form Assisi, Francis was once visited by a man: “Sir! You work wonders, manifest Christ’s miracles, and transform the lives of those who come to see you. How are these things done? Please share with me your secret.” The saint gently and calmly responded: “Almighty God once observed everyone living here on earth and took notice of the weakest, the most ignorant, and the most foolish person in the farthest corner. Then, God said, “That is he. I will reveal my wisdom and power through him.” This is the reason why God chose me.” Indeed, humility is the requirement to be used by God.

God searches out for the humble and uses them. The hymn entitled Christ thy Lord is Waiting Now goes: “Seeks He now the humble heart. Let Him in. Let Him in. See the thorn upon His brow. Let Him in. Let Him in.” The humble who regard themselves as sinners are saved. In addition, they will eat and be satisfied and experience an unceasing joy (Psalm 22:26; Isaiah 29:19). Humility also brings wealth, honor, and life (Proverbs 22:4). He who humbly trusts in the Lord finds rest for his soul (Matthew 11:29). We must engrave on our hearts the following words: “Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken” (Jeremiah 13:15). “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). All that we have comes from God (1 Corinthians 11:12). Let us take heed lest we perish in pride. May we enjoy God’s blessing to the fullest through humility.

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