Readings: 2 Chronicles 7: 14; Isaiah 57: 15
The word humble comes from the root "humus," which means dirt. It primarily signifies "low-lying." Why, if humility is so low, would it be a prominent Christian grace? Because, the more we empty ourselves in love and service, following Jesus' example, the more we are filled with peace, love, and hope. By humbling ourselves and letting go of our pride, we will be filled. The more ready we are to admit that we are lost and struggling, the more likely we are to find purpose and direction in the Spirit of God. The less reliant we are, the stronger we are in God.
I know of a Christian who went through a tough personal situation. This person told me he left so low about what happened that when we prayed to God, he got on the floor and put his head down in the ground. He was humbling himself before God. In the end, the situation worked itself out. He did as it says in Chronicles- he humbled himself, prayed, turned away from evil ways, and God forgave him.
Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord and God will lift you up! --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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