Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
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A Spirit of Humility

"When you bow down before the Lord and admit your dependence on him, he will lift you up and give you honor." -James 4:10, NLT

Pride always blows our cover. In case you doubt that, hit the concordance key on your computer Bible software, type in the word “pride” or “proud,” and watch a zillion verses pop up. All of them detail how the Lord detests haughty eyes, boastful tongues, and hearts bloated by ego. Never was there a character trait more opposite of God.

In our best moments, we want very much to be like God, to be godly… yet what an invitation to pride! That’s why it always requires humility. When our pride has caused us to wound our friend or spouse, we walk over to them and say, “I am so sorry for hurting you. What you have observed about me is true: I am stubborn and very much ‘in the wrong.’ Please forgive me.” Oh, it is never easy! But it is richly rewarded. 

An old Puritan wrote: “Let me never forget that the heinousness of sin lies not so much in the nature of sin committed, as in the greatness of the person sinned against.” If we’re looking for humility, we don’t gaze inward to see how greatly we’ve missed the mark. We gaze at the Lord Jesus. We drag ourselves to the cross… where our pride is suffocated! “Self” becomes “hid with Christ in God,” and humility is the result.

Asking the Holy Spirit to roll up his sleeves and deal with pride in your hearts, may involve several things (I speak from experience!). It may include opening yourself to the valid criticism of others, openly confessing your faults, or inviting your spouse or close friend to point out your blind spots. Easy? Never! Rewarding? Always.

Lord, as the old hymn says, “When I survey the wondrous cross, on which the Prince of Glory died, my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride.” Keep me on my knees today, until I get a fresh vision of your cross.