08 Mar HUMILITY – A powerful weapon in the hand of God
You may not think of humility as a weapon, but I would like to make the case that, in the hands of God, humility has the power to wield amazing strength in your life.
Psalm 10:4 says, “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Pride causes us to inflate ourselves and make little of God, whereas humility is to inflate God and make little of ourselves. Scripture promises that when we approach God in humility and seek Him with reverence and fear, He will lift us up:
- “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:10
- “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” Proverbs 29:23
- “Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.” Proverbs 22:4
- “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
There is actually a beautiful picture of this idea in the Hebrew letter, nun. The Hebrew language, which began as a form of pictographs, is rich and complex, with each letter representing specific ideas and concepts. Sprouting, enduring, continuation of life, eternity, and faithfulness are all associated with the letter nun. The Jewish scribes consider the nun to represent a person bent over in humility, since true faithfulness comes through humble submission to the Lord.
As one of five letters with a final form, the nun resembles another letter – an enlarged zayin. This letter is standing upright, which the scribes believe indicates that those who are bent in humility in this life, will be raised in honor in the next. The zayin represents a weapon, specifically the Sword of the Spirit. This presents the idea that humility is a powerful weapon. In Deuteronomy 8:3 it says, “Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” In recognizing that manna represents God’s Word, we can make the connection that until we are humbled, we cannot truly receive God’s Word into our hearts. Psalm 119:67 says, “Before I was humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe your word.” I recognize this in my own life – I had lots of head knowledge about God’s Word, but I lacked humility and, therefore, lacked repentance. God’s Word never truly sunk in and began a good work in me until I recognized my own sinfulness and my personal need for a Savior.
Look at what God’s Word says about Moses in Numbers 12:3, “Moses was a very humble man, more so than anyone on the face of the earth.” Just a few verses later, the Lord says to Aaron and Miriam, who have become puffed up with pride, “Listen to what I say: If there is a prophet among you from the Lord, I make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my household. I speak with him directly, openly, and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.” I don’t know about you, but I want what Moses had – open, direct communication with God! It seems that the secret was his humility, which again reveals a beautiful idea found in the Hebrew language. The word humble is shach, which literally means “to destroy the wall.” Humility is a weapon that tears down walls, specifically between us and God Almighty!
When we view humility as a strong weapon, one that enlarges the Sword of the Spirit in our lives as faithful followers of Jesus, we can see how the Word of God, alive and active, wages war in the manner Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6, “For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.”
There is POWER in the Word of God, and when we truly humble ourselves before Him, abide in Him, seek His way – He enlarges the power of His Word in our lives – like a double-edge sword, cutting deep, dividing soul and spirit and exposing our thoughts and attitudes. (Hebrews 4:13)
We humbly ask that you consider some of these questions today:
1. Are there any relationships in your life that are being hindered by walls of pride?
2. What would it look like to step out in humility to begin the process of “tearing down the wall”?
3. Have you truly humbled yourself before the Lord, trusting that He is the One Who can and will raise you up?