Dare to be Humble
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Monday, 12 February 2018 11:53

TODAY’S MANNA

BY Berlie G. Yap

“Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day has broken.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ And he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.”’ (Gen. 32:26-27, ESV)

The man admitted at last his real problem, by simply uttering his name. Thus, God was able to change him. The Creator actually waited such fateful time for years. True enough, Jacob gave-in eventually to the power of God. Jacob is literally meant a trickster, a deceiver, a liar or an abuser. Those were also the old characteristic of the patriarch, before God changed him forever.

Through his humility—in admitting his real problem, God then had the freedom to touch his life. God though is omnipotent, or all-powerful, but until we submit to Him, He also cannot work into our lives. It is always a two-way thing. God does His part, yet we ought as well to do ours. For example, in pride we push Him away from us. Albeit, in our humility, we give Him the total freedom to manifest His power and grace into our lives.

Pride is an immediate manifestation of our sin nature. Every human being has it. When such is not dealt, or submitted to the lordship of Christ, it will surely become a sure trouble ahead. Humility leads us to God. He is the sole answer to all of our needs, not things or men. David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd and I shall not want.” (Ps. 23:1, ESV)

Many Bible scholars believe this proposition, to wit: if Adam and Eve were just willing to admit their mistakes, God might have forgiven them, so that the earth and the entire human race could not be curse then. Well, such is only a theory though, but it makes sense because mercy is God’s nature. Notwithstanding, human pride stops Him to reach us.

Pride is like an impregnable wall that separates us away from God. On the other hand, real humility can transport us to His presence. I always use this description that our humility is one of the weaknesses of God. In the Bible, even worse sinners when they repent and humble themselves, God would readily give them another chance.

One example was the evil king Ahab. God had already pronounced coming judgement against him, yet the latter’s humility moved the heart of God to spare him. There are only three chapters in Jonah. Please read them. God sent Jonah to prophesy words of judgement against the City of Nineveh. The sins of the people were so gross already that the Creator was determined to destroy the city and the people.

Then the entire Nineveh, beginning from their king down to the slaves including their animals, prayed and fasted for three days. Such was their humility and had adjured God to pity them. Believe it or not, God postponed His coming judgment! God ain’t yet done in our lives. The Holy Spirit daily works to lead us to the Father. Every time we submit to His mighty hand it pushes us a step closer to Him.

“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” (Isa. 64:8, ESV) This is one of the few passages in the Old Testament where God is addressed as the Father. Then, we are like clays in His hands; He is the potter. Now, hardened clays cannot become a masterpiece. The pliable are the ones which the potter seeks to make for his creation.

Hardness is symbolized to pride. Short of saying, He cannot work to arrogant people! Pride is a deadly sin, it can destroy even the strongest. Lucifer was an archangel. In fact, he was the most beautiful angel, but pride grew in his heart. Isaiah had penned the description of his fall. The prophet was quite graphic and detailed in his treatise.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isa. 14:12-14, ESV)

The passage above contained the five arrogant ambitions of Satan. The ultimate was he wanted to become like God. Thus, such led to his utter destruction. The anal of history is full of relative examples. Nebuchadnezzar, Herod, Cesar, Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and etc. But here is God’s strong promise: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” (1 Pet. 5:6, ESV) God bless you.

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