A Call to Humility
2 Chronicles 7:14 – Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
The thing that struck me most about our key scripture was the phrase “humble themselves and pray”. I wondered if it could be possible for someone to be proud and refuse to pray. Think of a time when you were struggling to do something, you tried your best yet nothing productive came out of your efforts. Then you heard a voice say “take it to the Lord in prayers”. You may or may not agree, but there may be instances when we were overcome with pride and didn’t pray about what you were going through, especially in areas of our expertise.
Maybe as a professional dancer with six years experience, you have won several competitions and taught many dancers, but on this particular day you couldn’t get your “dancing shoes on” but rather than ask God for help, you would bank on the success of your previous experiences. Your case may not be dancing; it could be at engineering, nursing, banking or any other field. The bible says that God resisted the proud and gives grace to the humble.
Dearly beloved, it’s very possible for our achievements to corrupt our hearts and blind our eyes from the truth that we need God in our lives. It is Him who gives us good success. He makes us rich and adds no sorrow. In other secular things like sports, we have seen cases of underdogs beating the favorites to a trophy, especially in cases where the favorites underestimated the underdogs. We must be conscious to not fall into the deception of the devil that we can do without God. Our humility shouldn’t be shown in church alone but also in other spheres of life. A wise man (King Solomon) once said:
“Pride comes before destruction”.
Dear Lord, please help me to be humble, correct me when pride wants to overwhelm me, Amen.
Author – Andy