Today’s Scripture: Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: Psalm 139:23
There are a lot of famous quotes about humility. Golda Meir, one of the influential founders of the modern state of Israel, said, “Don’t be humble; you’re not that great.”
Mohammed Ali said, “When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble.”
“You know what keeps me humble? Mirrors.” – unknown
“If I only had a little humility I’d be perfect.” Ted Turner
There is a lot of self-promotion, but there is a danger to promotion: you start believing what is being said. Businesses are warned to not ever believe their own advertising. When you compare yourself to someone else, you’ll always find someone that you are better than. It is pointless and endless to compare yourself with other people.
True humility needs to be an honest assessment of ourselves in light of God’s holiness. That will keep us humble. It is a full understanding of holiness and sinfulness.
When I wake up in the morning and ask, “What do I deserve from God today?” the answer is eternal separation from God in a lake of fire called Hell. I’m glad that’s not the case for me because I have placed my trust in Him; He paid the penalty for my sins and I have eternal life. Eternal hell is not my destination, but that is what I deserve.
It is not wrong to have blessings, but it is wrong when we never stop and acknowledge God’s hand in those blessings and thank Him for them. Let’s remember to thank God for the things we get to enjoy, for friends, and for people who care about us.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.