For whoever exalts himself will be [a]humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted - Luke 14:11
Humility is not lack of strength to fight back. Sometimes, you will ignore critics and go your way. Archbishop Idahosa once said several years ago when he was still a young boy with no shoe, his parent one day sent him to fetch water from the village stream. Other villagers were there so they had to take turns. He was on the long queue and when it eventually got to his turn, a bully jumped the queue and forcefully fetched his bucket of water. Bishop Idahosa who was then a tiny fragile-looking boy wanted to confront the bully because he hated oppression. If he did, the bully would have beaten him to coma because he looked very feeble. But an elderly man intervened and told him wisdom he never forgot. The man said, “Don't worry, leave him and let him go. The water he fetched is not clean because he was not patient for the turbulent water to get settled. If you will only take your time patiently, wait for the water to settle down before fetching, you will fetch clean water”.
It means those who display arrogance and impatience, thinking they are smarter than you by breaking rules will one day find out that whatever they had is inferior to yours. There is no one in God's kingdom that is not gifted, who has no grace or talent, but many have missed divine assistance because of pride.
Humility is very essential to your greatness because there are some people who will not help you if you are not humble. Great people ride on the shoulders of those who have achieved in the past to become great. When a man learns from what great people have done, it becomes easy for him to use their experience for his advantage. If you refuse to be humble, God will humble you. May you be humble enough for heaven to exalt you.
Humility is not cowardice or weakness; it is reserving your strength for better things. If you want honour from God, be humble because God lifts the humble and resist the proud.
The origin of the fall of the Lucifer is because of his pride. The devil forgot that his beauty was from God; His ability to sing was also from God. So, he wanted to exalt himself above God and God would not allow anyone to usurp His authority. Today, the devil is a rebel leader. Initially, he was not called the devil, he was called Lucifer; a beautiful angel who was singing to honour his Maker but became perverted in wisdom because he was proud. He allowed his talents and beauty to get to him. That is why God always abase anyone who exalts himself. May God exalt you
Prayer: Lord, I refuse to fall with those that fall in Jesus Name. Lord, let no evil occurrence come near me in Jesus Name. Oh Lord, let the reward of the wicked never be my portion, in Jesus name.
Further Reading: James 4:6-10
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Jeremiah 22:1-23:20; 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12; Psalm 83:1-18; Proverbs 25:11-14