Wednesday, 02 March 2022
“And you shall remember that the LORD your GOD led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” – Deuteronomy 8:2 NKJV
“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Matthew 23:11-12 NKJV
We live in an interesting era, a social media era, where you have a 12-year-old addressing a 70-year-old as if they are age mates, bad language and all. Not only that but the tweet/post will get thousands and thousands of likes and retweets. We also see videos going viral where kids are beating up their teachers and social media users will be the first to say that the teacher was wrong. We have made disrespecting our elders and dishonor fashionable and unfortunately, we have carried this same attitude and behavior into the church. It might not be as extreme, but in principle, it is the same thing and carries weightier consequences. It takes humility to honor those who have been placed above us.
In Deuteronomy, the above Scripture, it is GOD who humbles us and tests us, and unfortunately for us, this testing rarely comes in the form of big things but rather in the small or insignificant things. Quick example, in Riverlea, church used to start at 13:00, we would rock up at 13:45 because “church starting at 13:00 is such an awkward time”. We then moved to Selby, where church started at 09:00, 07:00 for the departmental prayer, still, we’d rock up at 07:15/09:30 because “it’s too early and some of us travel with kids” and so on. To be fair most of our excuses are legit and valid. Church, during and after lockdown then starts at 10:00 and 08:30 for departments. I’m sure you get my point, it seems insignificant, no one really notices when I rock up at 08:45/10:45, but there is One who’s watching. It was just an example but it takes humility to come to church on time.
Last but not least, it takes humility to take GOD at His Word. “Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Numbers 23:19b NKJV. On this journey, there will come a time when God’s promises that He has given us will be tested. Will we stand on that Word and refuse to be shifted or will we throw in the towel and say “if He does it, He does it, if not, then it’s whatever”? Humility is key in walking in the fullness of God’s promises and nothing humbles us like serving, bringing ourselves low, and putting others’ needs above our own. There’s a saying that goes “while waiting, do what waiters do, serve.” Let God be true but every man a liar (Romans 3:4), the greatest among you shall be your servant.
Humility is key in walking in the fullness of God’s promises and nothing humbles us like serving, bringing ourselves low, and putting others’ needs above our own