When I read Proverbs 3 I see over and over again the necessity of being humble.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh
and refreshment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
10 then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline
or be weary of his reproof,
12 for the Lord reproves him whom he loves,
as a father the son in whom he delights.
All of the above are lessons in remaining humble by putting God first, leaning on Him, giving Him what is His own, and listening and obeying when He corrects. We don’t always want to do that because it’s hard, and it’s against our nature. We want control, we want what we think we’ve earned on our own, and we don’t want anyone correcting us.
I always thought that love was they key to everything spiritually. But then this summer I read the book Humility by Andrew Murray. In it, the author takes the approach that humility is the root of all. He says, “...the life of the saved ones, of the saints, must need bear this stamp of deliverance from sin and full restoration to their original state, their whole relation to God and man marked by an all-pervading humility. Without this, there can be no true abiding in God’s presence or experience of his favor and the power of his Spirit; with this, no abiding faith or love or joy or strength. Humility is not so much a grace or virtue along with the others, it is the root of all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows him, as God, to do all.
So what exactly does it mean to be humble? Murray describes it as, “the sense of entire nothingness which comes when we see how truly God is all, and in which we make a way for God to be all.
Let God be your all. Be humble.