Fresh Humility: We Are Not God
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
Usually we try and fill your Monday mornings with some sparkle and shine – but to tell the truth, I often find the end of January to be one of the hardest times of the year. It’s dark, I’m eating like I’m about to go into hibernation, and though I’m trying to follow God - I often feel like I’m in a losing battle.
And yet, I’ve been enormously encouraged writing this post on humility, because reading through passage after passage in the Bible, I’ve been reminded of this simple fact:
God is God, and I am not.
When I feel a bit lost or discouraged hitting the bumps on the road of life, I can remember that my life doesn’t depend on me. I’m not the centre of my world – but God is.
Remembering this is the first step to humbling ourselves, and it takes the burden of pressure off us. When we’re worrying about doing well at school, mending a friendship that isn’t going well, or getting into the university we want - we can remember who's really in control.
Someone once asked me: if you were given complete humility in every area of your life – what would it look like? The answer is - freedom.
Humility gives us freedom.
Humility allows us to take off the ‘crown’ that we wear as we try and sort out our life, and it gives that back to God, in its right place. And the most beautiful thing of all is that when we really humble ourselves and give up our crowns, God promises to lift us up and give us everything we need to glorify Him. (James 4:10)
Let’s humble ourselves before God by remembering that He is God, and we are not. By acknowledging that He is in full control of the big things and the details, and praying that He would help us unlock humility and find fresh freedom through Him.
Lucy grew up in Cambridge, studied at Durham University (the best!) and spent a year back at home before marrying James (also the best!). She now lives in London, worships at Holy Trinity Clapham, and works in Marketing.