The Revelation of Humility

We can think of meekness in terms of how we address others and humility as an inner trait that acknowledges our imperfections. For without the quality of meekness, or humility, we cannot be in proper position to serve God as He wants us to do. For this post, I would like to explore this attitude from the perspective of studying God’s Word.

When we approach our study with meekness, we eliminate any quarrel with God over His Word. We believe and accept His revelation as true without question, even when there are areas that are mysterious and the meanings seem unclear. We honor God by understanding that what He has chosen to reveal, He has, and that which He has not, we accept and do not attempt to peak behind the veil.

Only in the spirit of such humility can we recognize that it is in those difficult passages of Scripture where our faith can be exercised to its fullest; we make no attempt to speak for God and force our version of His revelation on others in an effort to puff ourselves up. Instead, we are satisfied in being a child of God and recognize we need not understand every part of His Word to be considered as such.

In this, we remain teachable. We remain open to others in complete humility instead of becoming argumentative if an opinion differs from our own. Our meekness opens our ears to the possibility of learning whereas an open mouth prevents new teaching to be absorbed. We recognize that we do not possess all of the answers and are content in feeling this way.

And when we error, we admit our transgression. When the Righteous correction comes, we submit to His will and offer no resistance, for in doing so, we further our own sanctification.

There are two contrasting groups we can learn about meekness from the Bible: The Corinthians and the Bereans. The members of the Corinth church prided themselves in their own wisdom and allowed the pursuit of such to become their idol. Paul admonished their ways (1 Corinthians 3:1-4) and reminded them that God will make foolish the wisdom of man (1 Corinthians 3:18-19). Their prideful attitude—an attitude devoid of meekness and humility—caused them to stray from God’s Word. Their own wisdom became a stumbling block to a relationship with the Almighty.

In contrast, the Bereans (Acts 17:10-15) used their wisdom to pursue further insight into the Scriptures by comparing what they heard with the writings in the OT. They did not rely on their own wisdom, but acquiesced to the Word of God as the ultimate source of Truth. Even though they were described as “noble” (v. 11), the Bereans remained in a spirit of humility and sought wisdom apart from their own devices. They remain a model of proper study even for us today.

When you look in a mirror, which group do you feel you belong to? Do you boast in your knowledge of God’s Word and are quick to exhibit your skill to others? Or do you quietly and humbly praise God for giving you the desire to study His Word regularly and seek to build up others at the expense of elevating yourself?

I pray I belong to the latter and where I have failed in doing so, Father please forgive me.