WEEK 1, DAY 2: HUMILITY
Scripture Reference: Mark 2:1-12
In a world where having answers is seen as displaying strength and authority, humility seems to be a lost value. Proverbs 22:4 says, “the reward of humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, honor and life.” As we look at worldly pain and suffering, we must be brought to humility to hear God’s direction. As we see our children suffering with fear of school gun violence, we must be brought to humility to gain God’s guidance. As we see the moral decline in our communities, we must be brought to humility to reap God’s grace and favor. What more needs to happen before we humble ourselves and ask God for help and direction? For us to experience revival, we must have the move of God in our midst.
Having been humbled by life circumstances, God has taught me to submit to his will and his way. It’s so easy to have worldly confidence and strength. But the problems we face today require a power greater than we possess. “When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, ‘They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak’”(2 Chronicles 12:7). When we humble ourselves in the face of situations and circumstances and put our faith in God, God will “give grace to the humble” as written in 1st Peter 5:5.
Humility is defined as a modest view of one’s own importance. Jesus, the Son of God, humbled himself and became obedient to death on the cross (Philippians 2:8). The challenges we face in our world and in our country should humble us and let us begin to experience revival within our souls. When God speaks to the humbled soul, great movement is within reach. And when the church is humbled, revival is within reach. When the church is revived, the community and world revival is within reach.
—Terry Daniels, Transformation Christian Church
Take time to contemplate:
- Where is God requiring you to humble yourself?
- What act of humility can you do today?
Dear Father, the giver and sustainer of heaven and earth, we humble ourselves before your throne of grace. We count it a privilege to know you in the pardoning of our sins. And we acknowledge that we face uncertainty, but are confident you sit high, look low, see, and know all about us. We know we’re not sharing anything new. And yet we declare our confidence that you can move within our souls and let us be instruments for your glory. Father we pray for revival within our churches and communities. And finally we pray that we may reach those that have not come to know you or make the life decision to yield to your call. Thank you for loving us and shining your grace upon us. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.