The term ‘humility’ comes from the Latin word ‘humilitas’, a noun related to the adjective ‘humilis’, which may be translated as “grounded”, or “from the earth”.
According to Genesis, man itself came ‘from the earth’. ‘Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person’, Genesis 2:7.
I believe humility is remembering that without God, we are just dust. Anything we achieve or attain is because GOD breathed His life into us. To be humble, is to be grounded. It is to remember where you came from, and who your source is.
God would be foolish to entrust a prideful heart with more. God knows that such character cannot sustain a greater gift, more blessing, and produce fruit. On the contrary, God can do amazing things with a humble heart. With humility comes honour (Proverbs 18:12), wisdom and grace (the ability to do what you have to). In a position of humility, you will always be fruitful, growing, and moving into greater things. As Proverbs 11:2 says, ‘when pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom’.
Humility is not at the expense of your self-esteem, or value of self. That is false-humility. Humility is simply acknowledging that you are not God. It is living in the revelation that there was someone well before you who breathed life into your otherwise dusty, dead self!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.