Daily Devotion - October 20, 2020 - True Humility is of God

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – October 20, 2020
Zephaniah 3
Weekly Theme: True Humility
Today: True Humility Is of God

The great author, C.S. Lewis, once said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but is thinking of yourself less.” What does it mean to be humble or to have humility? What images do you see when you hear that word? Merriam Webster defines humility as being free of pride and arrogance. Humility is the outcome of being humble. So how does one become humble? The answer to that question is simple: humility comes from God. The moment we say we are humble, we have lost our humility.

In Zephaniah 3, we read about Jerusalem and her tumultuous relationship with God. In verses 1-5, Jerusalem is rebellious. Verse 5 states that the Lord, who does no wrong, is within her, dispensing justice, yet the unrighteous in Jerusalem know no shame (that is, they lack humility). Despite the efforts God pours out on Jerusalem, they were still eager to be corrupt. But God declares in verse 9, that he will purify the lips of the peoples, that all the people of Jerusalem will call on the name of the Lord and that God will leave within them a meek and humble remnant who are not arrogant boasters and will trust in the name of the Lord. In essence, this passage reminds us that true humility originates with God. When we are in right relationship with God, and follow the example of God in the flesh, Jesus, then humility will be evident in our lives. But we cannot create humility; it comes from the Holy Spirit of God that resides within us.

That said, there are some things we can do that might help us recognize our need for a humble spirit. As suggested by the quote from C.S. Lewis, it begins by “thinking of ourselves less”. Christian writer Jane Toher suggests 8 ways that we might experience (by the power of the Holy Spirit) humility: thank God often and always; confess your sins regularly; accept humiliation and learn from it; don’t worry about status; have a sense of humor; listen to others; ask questions…remain curious; and consider others before yourself. We cannot create humility as it originates from God. These 8 practices, however, are all part of being in relationship with God who can and does create a humble spirit within us when we yield to God’s Holy Spirit. Let us pray that God will create in each of us a humble spirit.

Dear God, thank you for all you do in our lives to deliver us just as you did for the people of Israel. Yet, we continue to rebel and try to live life on our terms, often being prideful and self-centered. Help us to be humble in spirit, acknowledging that true humility can only come from you and being in a relationship with you. We ask this in the name of your humble Son and servant, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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