3 “Now Moses was a very humble man, more so than any man on the face of the earth.” Numbers 12:3
In a world that focuses on self-improvement, self-love, and self-indulgence, the love of Christ and His payment for our sins should lead us to humility and a thankful heart. The sinful flesh which dwells within us will often seek to elevate, show off, and gain recognition or praise. We all struggle with this to one degree or the other. Scripture warns us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
” For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. “ Romans 12:3
Pride goes before destruction, and often we fall into the trap of thinking too highly of our accomplishments, talents, or appearance.
“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. “ Proverbs 16:18
That is how the world judges, but God sees into our hearts.
“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.“ 1 Samuel 16:7
Sad to say, but the human heart is so wicked that we can even clothe ourselves in a false humility seeking to convince others of our piety and goodness.
“Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” Colossians 2:18
The reality is we all fall short of God`s standard and His glory.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Our best efforts are no more than filthy rags before the Holy God. We stand before him spiritually bankrupt with no way to pay for our sins and nothing to offer Him. Where then is pride? Where is boasting in light of the reality of our current condition?
As Romans 3:27 reminds us, boasting is excluded.
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith.”
Instead of pride and boasting, we are instructed in 1 Peter 5:5
” and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
(All verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Holy Bible.)
A Thankful Heart and attitude
“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thessalonians 5:18
We do not like many things that go on in our world or the circumstances we find ourselves in. But no matter what is going on outside the inside should be thankful to God because this is His command. It speaks volumes as to whether or not we trust God. The instruction is in all circumstances which may sound impossible, and in the flesh, it is.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” 1Chronicles 16:34