A lot of our problems arise because we lack the proper amount of humility before the Lord.
I’ll admit, in my selfishness and pride, I like to think I know best.
Be Honest About Yourself
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves… Romans 12:3 NLT
This warning from Paul is something worth paying attention to. I mean if you think about it, doesn’t most sin arise because we think we are better than we really are?
Let me give you some examples. Here’s how some of my inner dialogue goes before I get creamed:
- I can handle this. I won’t let it go too far.
- I don’t see why this is a sin.
- I deserve this.
In my arrogance, I think too much of my judgment and I ignore God’s guidance. God is not a cosmic killjoy. He gave us the stories in the Bible as a way to teach us. He wants to protect us from mistakes that will rob us of a great life.
Of course, we often want to make our own plans. Here’s what James has to say about that:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15 NIV
The part about being a mist that appears only for a little while and then vanishes. That’s humbling. It is true, but not something we like to ponder a lot.
In his commentary on this verse, David Whitehead says, “We are not the masters of the universe, and when we think that we are dysfunction usually follows.”
Humbly Seek to Copy Jesus
Humbly, we should check our plans and intentions against the Word of God. Remember, copying Jesus is radical. His ways are much higher than ours and therefore, very different. If we aren’t careful, we can easily begin to think too highly of ourselves and leave Jesus out of the equation all together. Again, this is typically where we run into trouble.
Instead of asking God to bless our plans, maybe we should humble ourselves and ask Him to show us His plan. It could save a lot of grief.