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A Godly Man is a Humble Man

June 25, 2011

In recent days I have been greatly convicted by my lack of humility.  There was a time in my life, particularly as a young believer, that I can say my life was probably marked by humility.  But as I have taken on more responsibility in my life my pride has begun to creep in to a point where now true humility seems like a dimly lit rescue boat off the coast of my deserted island.  I recognize it when I see it but it is so far removed from me that to get back to it would require a great deal of sacrifice.

Probably the most prideful area of my life has been contentment with my current life situation.  It is easy to become discontent with God’s providence when things aren’t shaping up in our lives the way we would like.  Sometimes our humble prayers for God’s will to be accomplished in our lives can turn into accusatory questions that put God in the dock and our selves on the throne.  These are things that I have been dealing with in recent months and they were brought to my mind again when I read Thomas Watson’s chapter on the godly man’s humility.  He says, “Are those who are never pleased with their condition proud?  They speak harshly of God, taxing his care and wisdom, as if he had not dealt well with them.  A proud man…is for ever finding fault and flying in the face of heaven.”

How we handle God’s providence in our lives says a lot about our hearts.  Are you discontent?  Are you always looking for something better than what you have, be it station in life, material possession or status?  Do you covet the lives of others who seem to have been dealt a better hand?  Do you long for more worldly comforts than you have been given?  Do you find yourself re-evaluating your current situation to find out how you got there and then regret your past decisions that brought you to where you are?  Are you neglecting current spiritual duties or commitments because you are still looking for something better?  All of this shows a level of discontent and pride.  I am convinced that only those Christians who are content with God’s sovereign hand working out the details of their lives will be able to exercise true, biblical humility.  Only when we submit to his divine wisdom will we be able to lay down our earthly wisdom.  His judgments are unsearchable.  His ways are inscrutable.  We have given him nothing.  He has given us every good thing we have.  What do we have that we have not received?  God clothes the grass of the field and will we question the ways in which he clothes us?  Had God no right to put Joseph in the pit before the palace?

Acts 17 tells us that God “made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him.”  Brothers and sisters God has determined your life.  Let that not be a source of trepidation but of contentment and humility.  You have nothing to fear.  You have been given your current lot so that you might reach out for God with what you have and find him.  Let his providence bring you low thoughts of yourself and high thoughts of Jesus, our righteous judge.  His eyes run to and fro throughout the whole world to support those whose hearts are blameless towards him (2 Chron. 16:9).  And let us find contentment in the truth that even though the lot is cast into the lap, every decision is from the Lord (Prov. 16:33).

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