HUMILITY LEADS TO SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY
Proverbs 15:32-33 An undisciplined, self-willed life is puny; an obedient, God-willed life is spacious. Fear-of-God is a school in skilled living– first you learn humility, then you experience glory.
HUMILITY LEADS TO GOD’S PROTECTION
Proverbs 18:10-13 God’s name is a place of protection– good people can run there and be safe. The rich think their wealth protects them; they imagine themselves safe behind it. Pride first, then the crash, but humility is precursor to honor. Answering before listening is both stupid and rude.
HUMILITY HELPS US TO SEE WHAT’S COMING AND PREPARE FOR IT
Proverbs 22:2-5 The rich and the poor shake hands as equals– God made them both! A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered. The payoff for meekness and Fear-of-God is plenty and honor and a satisfying life. The perverse travel a dangerous road, potholed and mud-slick; if you know what’s good for you, stay clear of it.
HUMILITY HELPS US TO HONESTLY LOOK AT OUR LIVES
Acts 20:16-20 Paul had decided to bypass Ephesus so that he wouldn’t be held up in Asia province. He was in a hurry to get to Jerusalem in time for the Feast of Pentecost, if at all possible. From Miletus he sent to Ephesus for the leaders of the congregation. When they arrived, he said, “You know that from day one of my arrival in Asia I was with you totally– laying my life on the line, serving the Master no matter what, putting up with no end of scheming by Jews who wanted to do me in. I didn’t skimp or trim in any way. Every truth and encouragement that could have made a difference to you, you got. I taught you out in public and I taught you in your homes,
HUMILITY HELPS US TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT OUR TRUE SELVES
1 Peter 5:2-6 Here’s my concern: that you care for God’s flock with all the diligence of a shepherd. Not because you have to, but because you want to please God. Not calculating what you can get out of it, but acting spontaneously. Not bossily telling others what to do, but tenderly showing them the way. When God, who is the best shepherd of all, comes out in the open with his rule, he’ll see that you’ve done it right and commend you lavishly. And you who are younger must follow your leaders. But all of you, leaders and followers alike, are to be down to earth with each other, for– God has had it with the proud, but takes delight in just plain people. So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time.