1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
I’ve often heard people speak of humbling experiences, yet with a tone of voice that betrayed a great deal of excitement. This used to puzzle me. I thought the two feelings were in contrast, yet when a certain friend so often shares his personal experiences with me on his walk with the Lord and showed himself to be at once both humbled and excited, I had to wonder what I was missing. My friend is an inspiration to me both personally and spiritually and his sharing of himself with me in this way has greatly helped me to grow in my personal relationship with the Lord. I did wonder, however, as I found myself feeling the two seemingly contrasting emotions, how this could be?
The dictionary defines humble as modest and subservient and excited as eager and enthusiastic. There was a time when modest and subservient would not have been something I’d strive for but as my personal relationship with the Lord has grown more and more intimate, He has revealed things to me about myself. Since our Lord loves us so much and since it is His will to provide for us in ways so far beyond anything we can desire or pray for, why be anything but subservient to Him? As to modesty, when I’m inviting the Lord to use me, the works He performs through me are so much more than any I could do on my own.
It is my greatest delight and desire to draw others to Him by reflecting His light to those in darkness! When I remain on the path for my life that our Lord has set for me, and when I release myself to Him, He carries my burdens! Why, then, would I want to be anything else but His humble servant? When others respond to the Lord through words and deeds I’ve done through Him who guides and strengthens me, I am so excited! I can’t wait to share His “Good News.” Gosh, we get excited over a new DVD, a new restaurant, or a new boyfriend and can’t wait to tell our friends . . . all these are fine things to share, but we mustn’t forget how humbling and exciting it is to share the Lover of our soul!
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”