Humility is a trait in my life that I intentionally try to maintain. It’s something I admire and can see automatically in individuals who carry it. What if I told you humility was one of the keys to any type of success? What is I told you it is what unlocks an overwhelming amount of favor. What if I told you that the way to God’s heart is humility? Humility is the quality of being humble. Being humble means having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s own importance.
Daniel was a humble man of God. In Daniel ch 9, he prays a prayer of repentance. He says, “ O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; WE HAVE SINNED, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgements. He says “WE.” Even though Daniel may have not been one of the focal people who blatantly disrespected God, he included himself with his nation when repenting to God. He never said “We are slaves to Babylon because of YOU wicked people” or he never went to God saying “Those evil people sinned”, but he included himself. Even though Daniel had so much power in the provinces of Babylon, he remained humble. He never sought attention like the other astrologers and soothe sayers because he didn’t care about people’s opinions as much as he did about God’s opinion.
If you want to get somewhere in life, you have to be humble. Humility is the vehicle that drives you through the street of elevation and brings you to success. When you have the golden ability not respond back to someone after they said or did something hurtful, you truly are humble. When you know the potential you have and are aware of the many ways God wants to use you, but still remain focused and do what He tells you, you are humble.
When we all of a sudden shift focus from what we were purposed to do, to all the “attention” we get, we make a dangerous shift. Can you imagine if Daniel started to boast on being put over the provinces of Babylon? Can you imagine what his friends would have felt like? What if he forgot about his friends and his God because he got so caught up in the Babylonian system and in the way God elevated him? I can imagine the 3 Hebrew boys saying, “How can Daniel do something like this?”
When we begin focusing on the glory, we forget about the work God called us to do. We forget about people. We forget about the cause. Why did we actually start doing what we were suppose to? Was it to please God and help others, or was it to be praised?
I’ve made the decision in my heart that the day I start boasting about anything God gives me or take glory for myself, I’d rather God rip it away in an instant because I understand that nothing (AND I MEAN NOTHING) done in my life was by self power, but by the grace and power of God. It makes no sense in even trying to share in God’s glory because you will end up no where. The BEST elevation is when God elevates you. The bible makes a great example of King Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. Daniel happened to be under King Nebuchadnezzar’s rulership. This wicked king made his people worship him and his creations, and he did evil things if they didn’t. But when God stripped him of his power, wealth, dignity, and pride, he became humble. He was humbled the hard way. The bible also states in the Matt 23:12 of the NLT version, “But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” This simply means that when you try to make yourself big on your own, you will be humbled. But if you allow GOD to make you big and you humble yourself, you will be elevated.
Be encouraged today. Don’t worry if no one is seeing your true value. God will intervene at the right time. God will begin exposing your strengths to people you wouldn’t even dream about. He will allow the right people to be around you at the right time. When you allow him to elevate you, He will be glorified.