"He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?" (Micah 6:8)
Humility has gotten a pretty bad reputation in recent years. Too many people think it’s a synonym for low self-esteem. But humility is actually a clear recognition of the hard truth about who and what we really are, and who and what God is. When we see the greatness of God and measure ourselves by it, humility is the only possible response.
There have been some who didn't see it that way – starting with Lucifer. Lucifer became so impressed with his own beauty, his own intelligence, his own power, and his own position that he began to covet for himself the honor and glory that belongs to God alone. Instead of walking humbly with God, the sin that brought Lucifer down was self-generated pride. (Ezekiel 28)
God demands our worship because He and He alone is worthy of it. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”
In addition, God asks us to humble ourselves before him because He loves us and wants to take care of us. 1 Peter 5:6-7 says, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” As we walk humbly with God, we can trust Him with every area of our lives.
Looks Like ...
Jim Jones is one the most notorious persons of recent times who did not walk humbly with God, but rather claimed to be God, and instructed his followers to honor him as their god. He was the self-proclaimed Messiah of the Peoples Temple, and built up the cult by promising utopia to those who followed him.
On November 18, 1978, in what became known as the Jonestown Massacre, more than 900 men, women, and children died in a mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool-Aid at his direction. They were aware of what they were doing, had even practiced doing this on another occasion, and were still willing to obey their leader, their god. Jones himself did not drink the punch, but later died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Ask Yourself ...
How are you responding to your challenges? Are you trusting God with them, or do you try to handle everything on your own? If you carry the world on your own shoulders, there could be an issue of self-sufficiency based in pride vs. humility before God.