Humbled

Day 279

Prayer for the day

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me. O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.

Scripture for the day

Isaiah 26-27, Philippians 2

Humility isn’t really a popular topic most of the time. Humility is something that is difficult to define, as well as to possess. As soon as we claim to be humble, we tend to undo the work we’ve done to be humble, because with the admission typically comes pride, which negates humility.

Humility, however, is something to be prized. The prophet Isaiah speaks of God’s work with the nations, humbling those cities which are set on high. This may not be a pleasant task to receive, but in essence what it means is that God will take those things which have set themselves up as important, be they people or nations, and show them what their true significance is.

Imposed humility is certainly a tough punishment to bear because it shreds our preconceived notions of importance and accomplishment.

More desirous, says Paul, is self-imposed humility, a humility that comes from recognizing that nothing we have achieved, nothing we have done or become, is a result of our action alone, but comes to us as a gift. Humility for Paul means not insisting on rights or deserved rewards, but recognizing that all comes as gift, and that in this state, we learn to give credit where credit is due, and give glory and honour where they are due as well.

Paul’s command to humility is based on the person of the Son of God, who denied himself his due, and took the form of a man, in order to descend, to be present with his creation, so that we would know this God who made us intimately, bodily.

May we see the humility of Jesus and recognize it in ourselves.

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