Proverbs Challenge | May 28, 2020
Key Text: “Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.” Proverbs 28:14
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. -C. S. Lewis
What has saved the life of leaders, propelled nations to great heights, and caused even the most mighty to bow down? Humility. It is underrated. I guarantee that you would never choose humility if presented with it among a list of superpowers. But you should! Seeing reality as it is, through the lens of God’s Word, gives us the insight to take hold of the power of humility. Despite it being a not-so-glamorous trait to possess in the world’s eyes, humility is eternity-altering.
Pharaoh’s heart was hard, and he would not let God’s people go. The famous story in Exodus illustrates how lowly Israel escaped mighty Egypt (see Exodus 7). Everyone assumes it was the plagues, yet Pharaoh’s lack of humility was the catalyst that led to his downfall. “Whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.” Sound familiar? It cost Pharaoh and Egypt dearly. The plagues were necessary because the humility was absent. Don’t fall into the same trap as Pharaoh. Practice humility.
The humble habits are grateful, taking the lowly position, being a curious learner, and passing off praise to other people. They are other-centered. Philippians 2:3-4 tells us, ” Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. What a sure way to live a life far from self-inflicted harm? Make humility your habit.
Dave Mergens, Pastor of Adult Ministry
Today’s Challenge: Practice humility by serving others.
Staff Insight: John LeVahn, Senior Pastor