Hey, I’m glad you’re here! Today I want to share an awesome devotional about humility in the Bible and today. It’s a combination of contemporary Christian fiction and a devotional inspired by First Corinthians 13. Because the essence of the ‘love chapter’ really is humility, isn’t it?
The power of humility is in its putting others first, and trusting God with the outcome. When you read the great stories of humility in the Bible, you get to see some of the most average people doing remarkable things.
Think about Nehemiah. As cupbearer, what possible expertise, or responsibility, did he have for rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem? And he didn’t demand anything, but when the king noticed his state of mind, and asked, he humbly asked for the moon, or its equivalent. And he wasn’t arrogant with his enemies either. He just kept on track.
And Mordecai. He wasn’t anyone special apart from being Esther’s cousin in that moment. But his true humility placed him in a position to be Xerxes’ right-hand man, and do things that would help not only the Jews, but the whole nation.
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Definition of Humility in the Bible
If we are going to talk about stories of humility in the Bible, we should start with a solid humility in the bible definition. What is humility? According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the definition of humility:
- freedom from pride or arrogance
- the quality or state of being humble (deference)
Basically, not considering yourself “too important” to:
- get involved and help others
- Do ‘servants work’
- Step out of your comfort zone for someone else’s benefit
- Ask for help
- Trust God
Sounds simple enough, right? (ahem..famous last words, anyone?)
Verses About Humility in the Bible
Let’s consider that definition of humility with a few humility in the Bible verses.
Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”1 Peter 5.5b ESV
This Bible verse about humility doesn’t single out a particular group that needs to act with humility, because we’re all to choose humility towards one another, men AND women, husbands AND wives, rich AND poor, insert your own contrast here…
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.Proverbs 15.33 ESV
If your goal is honor, which is a good thing, then humility must come first. otherwise, pride and temptation will destroy what’s been built!
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?Micah 6.8 ESV
He doesn’t expect the moon from us, He already did that. He asks us to do justice (not revenge), to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.
It may not be easy, but God promised to be with us and guide us. to strengthen us.
The Essence of Humility in the Bible and Today
Another great Devotional from Celebrate Lit, Essence of Humility is an interesting read. Filled with stories of humility in the Bible, as well as present-day examples, Humility takes shape in a way we can choose to follow.
- The simple but sometimes uncomfortable acts of kindness…
- Resting in faith instead of dwelling on the hazards around you…
- Waiting for an honorable spouse, even if they aren’t the youngest, most fit, fun and socially acceptable individual you could catch…
Aromas in the Bible have more significance and meaning than the average 21st century Christian understands. The author has done her research well, and has paired essences we are familiar with, with both modern and biblical examples that will help you grasp the true essence of humility in the Bible all over again.
I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as The Essence of Joy, a prior devotional in the series, I’m guessing because I need more work in the area of humility than I do for joy!
Because of my reaction, I recommend this book to anyone who cares about how well they are loving those around them. In action, not just words.
Stories of Humility in the Bible
There are so many great stories of humility in the Bible, and The Essence of Humility covers several. There are obvious ones like Ruth and Naomi, and Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. Then there are other stories of humility in the Bible, like the mom who had to choose between letting another woman steal her infant, and having the baby cut in half with a sword. As I sit here and rock my baby, I can’t even imagine! I doubt she was thinking “what is humility going to do here?” But she chose humility and love, and has been remembered for around 3,000 years now!
*if you want a great kids version of this particular story, see the “Untold Stories” book here.
Examples of Humility in the Bible
Did you ever consider pruning as one of the examples of humility in the Bible? Well, I hadn’t, really. But it takes humility to accept pruning, and benefit from it. This book has helped me connect the dots here. I have been in a season of pruning for a few years, without realizing it. I have run to God about my problems, and done what I could (or thought I should) to sort it out, and make improvements.
Figuring out that wasn’t the answer, and taking the time to be still, and know that I am God, has brought me to a turning point. The chapter on the grapevine Esscence is remarkable! Or another one of the great examples of humility in the Bible highlighted here, is the chapter on Coriander, where the Israelites had to be taught humility with the Manna.
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Title: The Essence of Humility
Author: Lynn U. Watson
Release date: January, 2019
We live in a culture overwhelmed with disrespect, egos, entitlement, rudeness, and offense — lives focused on self, rather than God or others.
The Bible defines love in 1 Corinthians 13. Every descriptive word included in the list whispers humility.
- Patience — humility
- Kindness — humility
- Not rude — humility
- Not arrogant — humility
- Rejoices in truth — humility
- No envious or boastful — humility
- Not irritable — humility
- Keeps no record of wrong — humility
Jesus entered our world and walked among us. He placed no importance on rank or position. Jesus life reflected love because it reflected humility, and He invites us to live and love like Him.
Journey with our hostess, Cinnamah-Brosia and her friends at The Coffee Cottage. They lead us on a journey to meet real life people — our contemporaries and those on the pages of God’s word, who encountered the same real life challenges you and I face each day. Learn the blessings of a life lived like Jesus lived —- with love and humility.
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Checking Out The Essence of Humility
Whether you talk your library into snagging a copy of this Humility Devotional for you to check out, or get your own, I hope you’ll give this one a try, because we could all stand a little more humility, before we end up humiliated, right?
Until Next Time, Love God, Love Books, Shine The Light!!