There is a healthy balance between not thinking too highly of oneself and not thinking too little of oneself. That balance lies within the word humility. 1 Peter 5:6 says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
Last few weeks we have been talking about how important our self-talk and our self-image is. How we see ourselves and how we think about ourselves. We talked about feeling inferior, less than, inadequate and how that can get in the way of getting to our promised land. See some people think just because they deal with these issues, they do not have any pride in them.
One quick way to check if we are operating in pride is found in the very next verse in 1 Peter 5:7 which says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” If you find that you are worrying about things, worrying about not having enough, feeling less than or inferior and not being good enough but you are not giving it to God, you may be operating in pride.
By worrying it means you are trying to work out how to fix things in your own strength, but you keep reaching the same result that it cannot be done. So why keep going around in circles instead of giving it to God? Pride is operating, you think you can fix it better than God can. Of course, we will never say that out loud but by worrying that is what we are doing. We are saying to God, “No, I got this. Let me handle it.”
Also, just because you have inadequacies does not make you humble, it makes you human. Humility at its core is putting our confidence in God and not in our own abilities. When our confidence is in ourselves, we soon realise how frail we are. When our confidence is in God, we can rejoice in 2 Corinthians 12:9 which says, “But He [God] answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So, I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me.”
When our confidence is in God and not in ourselves, we soon discover that our weaknesses are in fact our strongest areas because God’s power is made manifest through our weaknesses as we trust Him and lean on Him. But that doesn’t mean we tell Jesus to take a seat when it comes to our strong areas. No. Our greatest strength pales in comparison to God so we need His help all the same, 1 Corinthians 1:25.
We previously looked at how the lies of the devil can keep us bound. Pride can bring distance between us and God. James 4:6 says, “But he continues to pour out more and more grace upon us. For it says, “God resists you when you are proud but continually pours out grace when you are humble.” Pride puts distance between us and God. The greater the distance between us and God, the harder life becomes for us and we find ourselves, much like the Israelites, circling the wilderness with no end in sight.
Humility should be our posture as children of God. We have a Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. Our confidence should not be in our ability or inability to do things, our adequacy or self-sufficiency. Our confidence should be in Him. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength, Philippians 4:13.
Love and blessings,