I know we are not supposed to wish ill on others.  But we all know that person in our lives or in the public eye that is so high on themselves, we crave the day they are humbled.  I know plenty of non Denver fans that were pulling for Denver for one reason only, to see Cam Newton humbled.  I realize it’s not actually the most Christian attitude to desire that someone get humbled, but ironically it is a biblical message.

Isaiah was trying to warn Judah and Jerusalem about the day they would be humbled.  In fact, in Chapter 2 of his book, he even repeats a message twice.

11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
    and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,
and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
    and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
    and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

There is a slight change in the wording but the exact same message just six verses apart.  Those with a lofty pride shall be humbled.  However this message is not about a quarter back being humbled in the Super Bowl or the braggard being humbled at work.  This is much bigger.

Isaiah is speaking of those who put their faith in themselves instead of the Lord.  Those who saw their path to eternity in their own ability to do or be.  Those that relied upon their own strength to survive and thrive.  These people do not rely upon the grace of the Lord but upon their own strength.  These are the “lofty pride” people who will be humbled.

When Paul was examining his own weakness and seeing it as a flaw, he begged the Lord to remove that weakness but the Lord’s response was “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

Don’t misunderstand these instructions.  The Lord does NOT call us to some sort of false humility, to put on a display of humility to show just how humble we are.  Jesus had some pretty harsh words to say about the false humility of the Pharisees in Matthew 23.

No, Jesus is instructing us towards an honest reflection of where our strength comes from, not from the gifts He has given us, but from the Holy Spirit within us.  Though we are to use those gifts for His glory, it is in our moments of weakness that His strength truly shines.

So stop thinking all that about yourself.  You are nothing without the Lord.  All you have is His and all your victories are through His power and for His glory.

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