THE GREAT QUEST FOR HUMILTY
“If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways…”, 2Chr.7:14
The greatest reason why there are not more people who are humble enough to be touched and touching through God, I mean, humble from their hearts on, is that there is a great misconception as to what real humility is all about. This is mainly why God states, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”, Hos.4:6. I humbly pray to the Lord that I might be able to throw some light upon this issue of great importance: humility is to be as you are (not to be as what you think you are, but AS you are).
Personally, I believe people believe they are smart (or not) and they have to hide it because of remarks, praise, disdain upon it, or even uneasiness to be a, or on a, spotlight for some reason. We may add to this list jealousy, fear, bad deeds, among thousands of others. Because people believe they are as they think they are, then they start hiding their true self behind a veil of uneasiness, so the light of this world will not shine upon them. The first thing Eve and Adam did after sinning, was hiding. The first step towards holines must be the opposite of hiding wharever we are or have done. The first reaction we come to get from someone who might be asked to be humble is to show out some opposite thing during a given moment. This, in my opinion, is the opposite of what God is asking from all of us.
People might reason, “but, if I am a liar, should I show my lie by being as I am?” Yes, you must. Only then are you becoming a truthful man. Sin will turn you ashamed and make you eager to be changed, if you know Christ as He is. Christ will redeem that nature by putting another in its stead if you are able to endure that kind of shame and bear with Him.
You cannot unlink humility from the quest of truthfulness from within. Jesus is Truth, so should we be.
We find people always saying “I give all glory to God for this and that”, yet they believe in their hearts they are the ones who have done it. What truthfulness is in that statement? One has to make sure it is God who has done it, for if one is closely related to Him, there should not be another way to do things but through Him alone. If you are the one who has done it, humility will state you have done. One seldom needs tell others God has done something once He has, for it will appear of itself. This is why we read from Paul to Timothy, "Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all". 1Ti 4:15
Jesus came to earth and He knew He was God, for He was. Yet, He never said He was not God to show how humble He was. Even in the disputes with the Pharisees He would use the words “I am” quite often. Once we read they almost stoned Him for it. But, tell me, did Jesus stop being humble because He said He was God? No, in fact, it just showed how humble He really had been! Suppose God comes and shows me something by talking to me. As we know, there are millions of people saying God has talked to them as well, yet most of them are either liars or mere doctrine holders. Some even believe the very things they say to others. Now, will it make me a humble man to hide away because God has really showed me something and I fear to be seen a liar as I think and believe they are? Will that turn me humble and acceptable? Should I not speak whatever is truthful for a change rather on account of there being a lot of liars all over the world? Should I fear because people fear not to add unto God’s word themselves? Does that not turn me into a liar as well, I mean, by saying without words God has not spoken to me if He has for real? Jesus said to such, “Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I should say I do not know Him, I would be a liar like you. But I know Him and I keep His Word”, John 8:55.
Because humility is to be as you are (not to be as what you are, but AS you are), that’s why changing your looks, putting ornaments, not being satisfied with the outlooks of your image is often linked to pride within. People care a lot to appear as they are not, even to themselves. There is nothing wrong in being neat and clean, arranged and orderly maintained, yet, if it is due to pride it is sin – just a sin as being dirty might be to a hippie, for they take pride in not changing from filth.
I am not assuming this is all there is to say concerning humility, but I know this is the key to being humble: to take your post in the will God has for you, both to be and to do as you are made and to assume daily changes as they are wrought, being updated in your mind as well. Assume whatever God has for you as a natural asset and you will not force it down upon others, but upon yourself. Let’s pray to God and say: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (12) Restore … and uphold me with thy free spirit...Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom". Ps.51:10-12,6. "Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy ... truth continually preserve me" Ps.40:11O "send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me",Ps.43:3. All of these talk about truth and being truthful. Amen.