The Place of Humility

The place of humility is the place of grace. It is the place where the wheels of prayers being heard and answered start turning; the position where the hands are open to receive. But it is never easy to remain truly humble, even for Christ believers. I, too, get confused at times whether to stand up and fight for what I believe is right, or just keep silent in humility and bring all my concerns to the Lord. It is doubly hard when we have been unjustly hurt and our hearts are crying out for a fair fight. We want so much to defend ourselves and prove to the other party that we are right and they are wrong.

But striving to defend ourselves and contending often don’t turn out well. Worse, the conflict could escalate to proportions where exchange of injurious words would be too hard to forgive or forget. I had learned painfully that choosing to resolve worsening conflicts with our own resources [wisdom, strength, guidance] is a battle bound to be lost. But sometimes, too, the Lord may bring us to a place where we are left with nothing but our utter confusion and wounded hearts. What then?

He brings us to that place of sheer helplessness so that we would learn to fling ourselves at His feet, acknowledging that we can’t fix our troubles on our own. In the face of heart-rending problems where we are completely at a loss to know what to say and do, the Lord beckons us to cast away all our cares on Him, give them all to Him to mend. That lowest place is where we are found on our knees, trusting God in abandon that only He can fix our problems. And if we know that He can work on them however seemingly irresolvable they are, then we can rest in that place of  true humility and total surrender.

…Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. (1 Pet. 5:5-6)

We don’t need to fight our battles on our own. When we have been hurt, we are even instructed not to avenge ourselves. Often, not being able to fight fairly brings more heartaches at first. But if we train ourselves to follow the way of humility, laying down our case  at Jesus’ feet and letting Him move on our behalf, we will find out that this is the most excellent way. It is the way that moves God and ushers in resolutions and reconciliations. It is the way of higher wisdom which leads the way to peace.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate [gentle], submissive [willing to yield], full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (James 3:17 NIV, annotations mine)

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  1. Maria says:

    Wow! This was a timely message for me. I learned yesterday that one of my sisters had said some hurtful things about me & had started spreading untruths. I am devastated but not surprised. Yes, I want to confront her and demand an apology. But the Holy Spirit did not give me a peace about doing that. Your message was confirmation that I am not to confront but to allow God to work it out His way. My devastation is slowly turning into worship.

    • RinaPeru says:

      How wonderful for God to “fortify” our resolve not to contend with timely messages such as this. Praising the Lord for enabling me to minister to you, Maria. Blessings!

  2. Barbie says:

    “It is the way of higher wisdom which leads the way to peace.” Thank you for the lesson in humility this morning! Blessings!

  3. This is so countercultural isn’t it? But the older I get the more dependent I get on Him. Love the verse from 1 Peter – one of my favourite books from the Bible.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

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