Humbleness, as used here, is a reference to thinking of yourself in realistic or low terms. A key idea in this series of devotionals, "The Blessed Lame Man," which is based on II Samuel 9:6-8, 13 is that, "We should be mindful of humility, blessings, and lameness."
In this devotional, let's focus on how not thinking of yourself higher than you should can open doors for you. When you are willing to acknowledge that you are in need of help and are at the mercy of others, people are more likely to help you.
However, when you are noted for a lack of humility and on the contrary are noted for arrogance then people are more inclined to withhold their favor and disperse their condemnation.
I often urge our young people to use polite language such as “please, may I, thank you, yes mam, and no sir.” This type of language, especially in times of so much disrespect and arrogance, can open doors for you with people who can help you.
However, when you think that you are God’s gift to the world, that you know it all, every one else needs to strive to be as smart as you are, and you don’t need anyone, people can back off and not only let you fall, but it is not unheard of for them to even trip you and help you to fall.
Remember that on the list of things that God hates is a proud look or haughtiness (see Pro. 6:17). Romans 12:3 urges us not to think of our selves more highly than we ought to think. How are you doing in the area of humility?
1. Can you see that humbleness can open doors for you?
2. List two or three ways in which you can improve your level of humbleness.
3. What are you going to do to grow in this area?
Great and awesome God, the One who is the source of every good and perfect thing in my life, it is to You that I pray. Thank You for how You keep on pouring blessings into my life, in spite of my sinfulness.
I confess that too often I have simply enjoyed what You have provided, without humbly acknowledging the source of my blessings. Please forgive me, and help me to live according to Your plan for my life. In Jesus' name, amen.
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