Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 25-27; Romans 15
Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 25:6-7; 25:27; 26:12; 27:2; 27:21
One of the toughest things for many people to learn is humility. As followers of Christ, we are called to be humble servants just as our Lord and Savior lived His life as a humble servant. Humility is tough, particularly for those of us who struggle with pride. Like most difficult topics, we can find advice and strength in God’s Word to help us in learning humility. In our reading of the book of Proverbs today, we find a wealth of advice on learning how to live a humble life. If you struggle with humility, follow along with me as we review five principles for success found in today’s key passage:
Do not exalt yourself – “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among great men; it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before a nobleman.” (Vss. 25:6-7) Jesus turned this proverb into a parable in Luke 14:7-11. Instead of exalting ourselves and taking the most, we should humble ourselves and take the least.
Do not seek your own honor – “It is not good to eat too much honey, nor is it honorable to seek one’s own honor.” (Vs. 25:27) No good can come from looking for the honors that we believe we deserve. When we do things only to be honored by others, we will find ourselves bitter and angry when those honors do not pan out. Instead of seeking our own honor, we should always seek to honor God with all that we do. When we give the glory to Him, we will never be disappointed.
Do not be wise in your own eyes – “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” (Vs. 26:12) When we believe we have nothing left to learn, we are heading for a fall. A man who is “wise in his own eyes” is not willing to accept correction and is not able to mature as a Christian. When we realize we have more to learn, God will gladly teach us.
Do not praise yourself – “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” (Vs. 27:2) There are few things in life more overbearing than a man who praises himself. Others see right through it, and instead of praise, the man only serves to damage his relationships. If praise is deserved, you will receive it from others without having to ask for it. More importantly, if the only praise you truly seek is from God, your motives will be much more in line with His will.
Do not let praise affect your work – “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.” (Vs. 27:21) How we react to praise tells a lot about our character. People with integrity are not swayed by praise. They do not work harder after receiving praise and do not get lazy when praise does not come. When we work hard and strive to do the right thing regardless of the praise we might receive, we will find ourselves more useful to God for His divine work.
Humility is a character trait that is difficult to learn, but living a humble life is worth the growing pains. As we learn humility through God’s Word, our relationships will improve and we will be better equipped for God’s purposes.
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