“Humble yourself, therefore under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,” (1 Peter 5:6 EVS)
Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking less about yourself. We must remind ourselves to stay humble, stay focused and most of all stay one with God.
I have noticed that we as individuals, struggle with the need and the want to be noticed or to be number one all the time. The urge to say look at me I did that or how everything has to be about us. I hate to tell you but you will never be at number one or at the top (unless it’s the top of a mountain) we even have to realize that we might not get noticed all the time. You might not get noticed at all. So that’s why I ask the question “How is this about you?” We have to come to the understanding that God is our only number one, he is the only one at the top and the one that should be noticed when others see you.
You see God lets us go through situations to bring us back to focus. So our need to say “I did that”, is like you’re saying no one helped me to get to where I’m at, because “I did that”. I’m not going to lie I’ve said that line before and not really even knowing that it could be taken in the wrong way. Then reminding myself that you have to remember that without Gods we wouldn’t be able to say those three words, because through his grace all things are possible. Once we understand what humble means then we can show less of us and more of God. When we look into the word humble, it gives the definition of not having or showing any feelings of superiority, self-assertiveness, or showiness.
For example in the bible God uses Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to prove to Nebuchadnezzar who thought himself a god that he was not the most powerful. He wanted the three men to abide by the Babylon’s law to worship (Dan. 3:16-18). But soon realized that he could not get these three men to render, so he became filled with fury. Nebuchadnezzar must have had a look of discus on his face for the men denied him as their god saying to himself “how dare you refuse me.” With that being said this was only part of how God showed Nebuchadnezzar that with faith in him anything was possible.
But it wasn’t until his vision or dream (Dan. 4:10-17) that changed who Nebuchadnezzar was. A dream or vision of seeing a tree reaching the heavens, and just imagine a tree of beauty that provide everything from shade, food, and shelter for the birds. But in that same dream the tree is being chopped down and the shelter, food, and shade it provided was no more. Nothing but a stump with its roots was left to get wet from the dew of heaven and its portions with the beasts. It was a dream to which Nebuchadnezzar could not understand.
So he was at the hands of one who could, Daniel, better known as Belteshazzar. Who was the chief of the magicians, explained the dream to him by letting him know that “it is you” (Dan. 4:22-27), because Nebuchadnezzar in his eyes had grown in greatness and strength which in his eyes had reached the heavens and he considered himself as god. After Belteshazzar interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream he told him it was a decree from the most high that has come upon him.
Nebuchadnezzar was later after twelve months his kingdom had departed from him and he was driven from his pedestal and from his people by a voice from heaven. Made a beast of the land, and made to eat grass like an Ox. Being wet from the dew from heaven and grew hair long as an eagles feathers. It was then after time had passed that he praised God and honored him for he is the only true God. And because of this he was humbled by God (Dan. 4:37).
I know after reading about Nebuchadnezzar, and then looking over your own life some of you might be asking, but HOW? The bible gives us an excellent answer.
“If my people who are called by me name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)
We can’t do this on our own, as Gods children we have to stay true to his word and in his word. By following his teachings and his commandments. I know we all go through situations in our life and we have to make some pretty difficult choices on wrong and right. But making the right choice of being kind as Jesus was kind for us as he was nailed on the cross for our sins. We are all guilty of something and to think that we are more important or more deserving then the next, then Jesus dyeing for our sins was for nothing. He put us before himself as we should put others before ourselves.
Coming to realize that I is just a word of self and not a word of us, once we all realize that, then we can live in unity as one body.
So how is this about you, again?