What Does It Mean To Be Humble?
One day I went to my concise edition of The Random House Dictionary to look for the definition of the word humility. It took me to a quest to find out meanings of a few other words. The Bible says that we should be humble. Did you ever take the time to ask yourself what that means?
I personally have taken this word for granted. Since I speak English as a second language, I learned to never take a word lightly. I've been told at times that I am too blunt. This statement caused me to look at ways to properly use a word so people are not offended when I speak. Thus, I need to know the definition of the words I tend to utilize in my speech.
Having been told that I am too blunt, I went and started looking for the definition of the word blunt. I found out that it means insensitive or obtuse. I also found out that obtuse is to be slow in understanding and feeling. And insensitive means to be deficient in acuteness of feeling. What does all that mean?
Humility is also defined as the condition of being humble. When I look for the word humble, it means (1) not proud or arrogant; (2) feeling insignificant, inferior or subservient. Proud means overbearing, haughty. Arrogant means (1) making unwarrantable claims to superior importance; (2) haughty or overbearing. Haughty means disdainfully proud. And disdain is to look upon or threat as beneath oneself.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the intricacy for the meaning of the word humility, where am I getting at? My main concern is to try to find out and understand the best I can what God means when He speaks about being humble. His word already says that I can only know in part because of my finite mind. However, I like what I see of God's great promises for nations and people who are humble. Having been in wonder with the various facets of God's promises, I have decided to look into it and find out what moves the heart of God so I can align myself with His will. Moreover, why not be a recipient of such great promises on earth while waiting to go to heaven.
Psalm 9:12 states: “He forget not the cry of the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5-6 states “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resist the proud, and give grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at due time.” II Chronicles 7:14 states: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
There are two wonderful songs sang in churches that soften my heart. Some of the words for one goes, “Humble thyself in the eyes of the Lord, Humble thyself in the eyes of the Lord, and He will lift you up higher and higher, and He will lift you up higher and higher”. The other goes, “I surrender all, I surrender all, all to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all”. Since the Father attaches such great importance to being humble, what can we all do to be in line with His will?
I believe that being humble means to be truthful and honest with the Lord. Accepting that we don't know anything is being humble. Realizing that everything we have is given to us by the Loving Father is being humble. Acknowledging Him in everything in our lives and giving Him the glory for all good things happening in our lives is being humble. Rejoycing when bad things surround us and knowing that He sees us through is being humble. Going to Him in prayers at all times is being humble. Knowing that whatever we go through, the battle is not ours but the Lord's is being humble. Surrendering all and being aware that the Father is in control of everything in our lives is being humble.
When we accept wholeheartedly, truthfully and gracefully that “the earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein (Psalm 24:1)” we will be able to let go easily of everything that entangles us. To me it's all a matter of trusting God and His word. Let's all learn to humble ourselves and acknowledge him in all our ways so He can direct our steps.
Blessed are those who hear the Word of God and obey it! (Luke 11:28)