Do you ever find yourself feeling a little proud of your independence? Just to be met with a huge dose of humility? That’s where I am this week.
I had back surgery this past week and suddenly had all of my independence ripped away from me. Mine was minimally invasive so the incision is much smaller and healing will be much faster. It is a rude awakening though when you realize what all you can’t do if you can’t bend, stretch or reach.
I am learning to be much more dependent on my husband, sometimes to his dismay, because he is used to my being independent also!
Please note that I refer to independence and not pride. I hope I am never prideful. And I do strive to be humble and live according to God’s will for me. God’s word says He resists the proud and give grace to the humble. As followers of Jesus, should we be proud and arrogant or should we be humble servants? I’m sticking with the humble servants.
James 4:6 says “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
James 4:10 says “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Proverbs 11:2 says ”When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.”
And this is just three of many verses!
We have the very best example of humility in Jesus Christ who followed God’s plan for His life with total commitment and humility.
There are numerous warnings in Proverbs of those who refuse to humble themselves. There are also many blessings found in the New Testament for those who humbled themselves for the sake of others.
Abundance and blessings wait for those who are willing to let go of pride and follow the will of God for your life.
Father, as I kneel before the cross, let me be immersed in your Holy Spirit and will for my life! Take away any pride and arrogance and bathe me in your humility and compassion. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
In His light,