The Humble Shall Be Exalted
We have already learned that humility precedes honour, but how does this work? Our passage says, “whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” The word abased means to be brought low, while the word exalt means to be elevated. We find this truth reiterated in Matthew 23:12 and Luke 18:14, yet these verses do not explain how this happens. So what or who is at work behind the scenes to make this principle true? The Bible provides this answer in James 4:10 where the Bible says, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” This is yet another principle that is contrary to our understanding. In our finite minds, the way up is up and the way down is down; but according to the Bible, the way up is down and the way down is up.
- (For smaller children) David was a man after God's own heart. He always wanted to do what the Lord said. When he disobeyed, he was sorry for his sin (Psalm 38:18). God took this boy who watched sheep and over a period of time, made him king of Israel.
- Do you desire for the Lord to exalt you? How does the Bible teach us to receive this blessing? Are you willing to humble yourself before God?
- Are you willing to live your life according to God’s plans or have you determined to do things your own way? Will you humble yourself and allow Him to exalt you?
- Ask God to soften your heart toward Him.
- Ask the Lord to teach you how to do things His way.
I Am Resolved
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