What Does The Bible Say About Humility?

Being humble is one of the character traits that is demonstrated by the giants in the Bible. The stories that we read in the Bible show how humility served them in their daily lives and how their life represented the character of Jesus.

Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. In Philippians 2:8, we read, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

I would like to focus on the life of Moses and list 10 benefits that Bible says being humble brings to your life.

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God chose Moses to lead the people of Israel from Egypt to the promised land. Moses was raised as a price in Egypt. In Acts 7:22, we read, And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds. But Moses refused to be identified as an Egyptian. In Hebrews 11:25, we read, By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.

Moses leads the people of Israel through the desert to the promised land when God had to say this about him in one instance. Numbers 12:3 says, Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth. God tells Moses is humble and demonstrates the character the best among all the men on the face of the planet. So why is that important? What advantage does it bring?

Let’s keep reading. V6 And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. God reveals the standard methods that he uses to communicate with his messengers. God either uses a vision or a dream, but God says that he prefers not to use those ways with Moses.

In verses 7 and 8, we read, Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. 8 With him, I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord.  God prefers to talk face to face with Moses and uses direct words with him. Why? Because Moses represented humility. The greatest honor one can have to be able to speak face to face with God.

The Bible continues to list 10 other benefits of demonstrating humility. Let’s see them below.

Humility allows for wisdom

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.

In an earlier blog, I wrote about wisdom and how it is essential for success. You can read it here. Wisdom helps you to make good decisions that will benefit you and your community.

The humble receive favor from God.

Proverbs 3:34, but to the humble, he gives favor.

God gives favor to those who are humble. Imagine receiving a favor from the master of the universe. What will such a favor look like? How will that impact your life?

Favor is an act of kindness that is beyond what is due or usual. With this definition how an act of kindness from God will look like in your life?

Favor is also defined as approval or support. Imagine having God’s approval and support in your life. God is supporting you to reach your goals. He approves the actions that you take to realize your vision. To have these in your life, all that you need is to humble yourself before Him.

The Humble receive grace

James 4:6 “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 

Grace is courteous goodwill extended to a person even though they may not have done anything to receive it.

The humble receive the salvation

Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.

God takes pleasure in dealing with people who are humble in the things that they do.  Arrogance does not please God. Salvation is offered to people who are humble enough to accept that they need to be saved.

The humble are lifted up

Psalm 147:6 The Lord lifts up the humble;

You are lifted up from where you are to a plane that you did not imagine that you could ever reach and have access to opportunities that you never imagined as possible.

The Humble are looked after by God

Isaiah 66:2 But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble

You have the incredible opportunity to be looked after by God when you show humility. You don’t need to worry about other men looking after you as you have God on your side.

The humble avoid disaster

1 kings 21:29 “Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the disaster in his days;.”

Ahab avoided the disaster that was due because he chose to humble himself before God. Humility changes God’s timing. Are you headed down a path of arrogance? Follow Ahab’s footstep.

The humble are the greatest

Matthew 18:4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

A child depends on an adult for all their needs. God is our Father, and when we seek Him for our daily needs, we show humility, which sets us up to be the greatest in the kingdom of God.

Humility is rewarded

Proverbs 22:4 The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.

The reward that awaits humble people is riches, honor (being exalted), and abundant life.

The humble are led and taught by God

Psalm 25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

God is your mentor when you live your life with humility.

Humility is an attractive quality in the life of a person who lives it. Psalm 138:6 says that God makes more beautiful (adorns) those who are humble. So what are you waiting for? The reasons for being humble are overwhelming. Let’s be humble before our God and fellow men.

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