Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Before honour

The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, And before honour is humility.  - Proverbs 15:33

I would suspect, at least to some extent, that that all of us like honour more than humility. Honour feels good. It is nice be recognised and acknowledged. It’s nice to get a little trophy or a pin or a medal.

The problem is that we all want honour and not humility.

True honour must begin with true humility. The word of God tells us that if we want to be lifted up in God’s eyes we must be humbled and the surest way to humiliation is to exalt ourselves.

I like the story Jesus tells about pursuing humility. He speaks of going to dinner and never seeking the place of the guest of honour, but instead to seek the lowest place. That way you can be called up if needed instead of being sent down for sitting in the wrong place.

We pursue humility. We don’t seek honour and praise and privilege. We leave all that up to God. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good reflection. I have known folks who go out of their way to focus on others in every case! So refreshing!