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Be humble in all things. Remember where the Lord has brought you from.

Introduction

In this fast pace world, it is easy to get caught up in our achievements and worldly possessions, what we know, who we know, who knows us, and the circles we hang out in.  It’s easy to feel boastful and full of pride when we have achieved various milestones or attained several material items. I know you worked very hard to be where you are today and made lots of sacrifices, I did too but in everything, we must be humble. What does the word humble mean? According to collinsdictionary.com,  “a humble person is not proud and does not believe that they are better than other people.

A life-changing experience

From my own experience in this life, I know that things can change in an instant. One minute you are perfectly healthy and successful and the next minute your life hangs in the balance, on a very fragile scale.  A few years ago,  I was in a car crash which was a traumatic experience; as my car spun I wondered if I would have survived or be sent back to the manufacturer.   

The car crash experience was quite humbling and I am constantly reminded just how fragile life is, as in an instant you can be no more (yes, a past tense). You would think that I was quite unfortunate but I try to see the bright side of my situation because now I have a story to share with you (nothing in your life is wasted). See Romans 8:28. It was a life-changing experience.

Let’s explore the stories of two Bible characters who were prideful

In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 4 King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream and he called all the wise men, magicians, and astrologers to interpret his dream but they could not decipher the matter. Daniel was called upon to analyze the dream (Daniel 4: 8 – 27).  The dream was about him losing his Kingdom if he ever took credit for all that God did for him.  Well, he did not take the interpretation by Daniel seriously and the pride of life stepped in 12 months later in Daniel 4: 28 – 33 and he lost his kingdom, among other things.

At the end of the time allotted for his punishment (Daniel 4: 34 – 37)  he was restored to his right mind and his kingdom was returned to him. He then conceded that those who walk in pride will be made humble by God.

In the book of Acts 12: 21 – 23, we read that King Herod gave a public address to the people and they said that it was the voice of God and not of man.  The King failed to give God the glory and he was struck by an Angel, eaten by worms, and died.

My conclusion on the matter

  • We are here for a limited time, so instead of backbiting (no it does not mean biting someone in the back, it means tale-bearing) and trying to tear each other down, we can work together for the greater good.
  • Ask the Lord to help you find your purpose and work at it every day.
  • We must not take God’s glory for ourselves (like King Herod).
  • Be kind and if you can’t be kind, be quiet (in your face-to-face exchanges and virtually with your fingers on social media).

Remember the words of 1 John 2:16 “16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” (KJV)

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