In 1980, Mac Davis had a top ten hit with the song, “It’s Hard to Be Humble.” You know – “when you’re perfect in every way. I can’t wait to look in the mirror – cause I get better lookin’ each day. . .” Of course, the song wasn’t meant to be taken seriously, but today, it appears harder and harder to be humble. As Americans, we are raised to be “proud,” but have we forgotten to teach the importance of humility? We don’t have to put others down in order to lift up ourselves.
Jesus led by example. For He is deity, yet, “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). He said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29). Yes, “Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly; but the proud He knoweth from afar” (Psalm 138:6).
Humility is a requirement. Micah explained, “He hath showed thee, O man, what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8). If you, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, He shall lift you up” (James 4:10). There are so many blessings in being humble. Exaltation – “And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased, and he that humble himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:12). Honor – “The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15:33). Riches, honor, and life – “By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life” (Proverbs 22:4).
Yes, it may be “hard to be humble,” but I sure hope that you are working on it! Simply blessed, Courtney