March 30, 2016
In today’s QT, God warns the city of Type through Ezekiel through a song about idolatry of pride. Type was enjoying prosperity without recognizing where it all comes from, so its property went to feed its pride, instead of glorifying God.
In many ways, I’m enjoying prosperity like never before in my life. Of course, there are some things I’m asking God for, but overall, I really can’t complain about anything. I’m in the perfect position to become even more prideful than I already am. Pride itself isn’t bad, but with what I’m prideful is the issue. Am I prideful of the situations I’ve been allowed, or am I prideful of the one who allowed the situations. It should be the latter. I am thankful to God, but I also so easily forget.
Proverbs 16:18 - Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.
Proverbs 15:33 - Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor.
Pride and arrogance leads to fall and destruction. As opposed to humility before honor. And the key instruction of Wisdom is to fear the LORD. But how to be humble? It’s a really difficult and abstract concept. It’s more than not bragging. It’s more than putting yourself lower than others. It’s more than pretending to be humble.
A quick googling on “how to be humble” lead to 1. Accepting your limitations, 2. Appreciating others.
However, the ultimate definition was in the bible.
Proverbs 22:4 - Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
I don’t think it gets anymore clear or explicit than that. God to someone to love, but at the same time, HE is someone to fear. HE is the only one to fear, and there is nothing else to fear.
Application: read some random proverbs