A Hobbit’s Journey Into Humility

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

I don’t know about you but I feel like a Hobbit in my journey with the Lord at times. I like Hobbits. They are strange little guys and girls. Everything to them seemed to be twice as difficult as everyone else faced. Just staying on a horse was difficult because of their size. But they went on great adventures, fought evil demigods and even dragons.

My favorite character is Sam. He won me over in the first Lord of the Rings movie when he walked out in the river and almost drowned to stay with and help his friefrodosam32nd Frodo. Sam would have died for Frodo and remained his faithful, helpful and humble servant throughout their journey together. I like the character of Sam, but it’s all make believe for our entertainment. But our character and humility is very real. We need to have the heart of Sam.

Have you ever given thought to God’s Word when it comes to humility? Lately I’ve been struck time after time about how proud and vain I am. I keep thinking I’m making progress but then something else comes up to show me there is still much work to be done in that area of my life. Don’t get me wrong, please. I’m not making humility a project or anything. My only “project,” if I can call it that, is just to be as close to Christ as I possibly can.

The opposite of humility is pride. The problem with pride is that it can be very subtle at times and you don’t even know you have fallen into it until someone reminds you. That’s what happened to me this week. It happened over lunch with one of our leaders and we were talking about prayer. During the conversation, God showed me some wrong and prideful attitudes I had regarding prayer. To correct that, I would need not only to change my attitude and my heart but also make some changes in my daily life. Neither of these were particularly appealing to me, but I got with God and asked him to humble me and cause a change in my heart and actions. By His grace, that has begun to happen.

Here are a couple of verses that have a lot of meaning to me:

Thus says the Lord, “Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool, where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? For my hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:1-2).

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in meekness of wisdom and wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. (James 3:13-14).

If there is one thing I would say to you today, it is this: Do everything in your power to humble yourself before the Lord. It is better to humble ourselves than have the Lord humble us. Why? Because as we humble ourselves God gets the glory. Pride steals the glory that is rightfully His. Humility is something God honors. Our sacrifices, works and service to Him are all good things and please God. But God honors our humility. He desires to change our hearts and our character. We need to be people of humble character.

I would like to leave you with a couple of quotes from some people you may have heard of:

You are not mature if you have a high esteem of yourself. He who boasts in himself is but a babe in Christ, if indeed he be in Christ at all. Young Christians may think much of themselves. Growing Christians think themselves nothing. Mature Christians know that they are less than nothing. The more holy we are, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate of ourselves.  C.H. Spurgeon

Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts. It means freedom from thinking about yourself one way or the other at all. —William Temple

The Bible says that Moses was the most humble or meek man on the earth (Numbers 12:3). You can see it all through the book of Exodus and Numbers. Yet he ended up not being able to enter the promised land, “because you did not treat Me as holy in the midst of the people of Israel.” Deut. 32:51. God truly desires His people to be humble before Him. May we take this to heart and walk in humility before Him. James 4:10 indicates that the humble will be exalted. But how and when that happens is up to the Lord, not us. Our part is to BE HUMBLE AND LET GOD BE GOD. May God bless you all!!

 

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