August 10, 2021

Humility

Will any teach God knowledge, seeing that he judges those that are on high?
Job 21:22
The Book of Job is one of the Bible's most difficult books to make sense of. On the surface, it seems to be asking, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" But a slightly deeper reading reveals that one of its main themes is the comparison of human pride to divine wisdom. Throughout the book, Job and his friends attempt to explain the way the world works and why God does what God does. But God's ultimate answer to all of them is that, when confronted with that which we cannot understand, we need to be humble. The higher we build ourselves up, the more closely we compare ourselves to God, the more liable we are to be judged.

This was also what both Jesus and the apostles taught. To love someone else, we cannot place ourselves above them. This is why we associate with the lowly, give away our possessions, and listen to what others have to say. This is what makes the body of Christ harmonious, and enables true outreach beyond the church doors.

Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
 Romans 12:16
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord Jesus, when you walked the earth, your humility obscured your kingship. Your meekness confused the arrogant, hindering them from grasping your purpose, for your nobility was found in ministering to the destitute. Teach me to model my own life after you, to subject my human pride to your humility. Grant me a natural inclination never to view myself as greater than anyone else. Banish all lingering sparks of self-importance that could elevate me above you in my own mind. 
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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