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Humility Week: God Notices

by in Soul Food

"You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low." (2 Samuel 22:28) "This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word." (Isaiah 66:2)

Two verses today to show that one of the things that God tunes into in human behavior is humility -- or the lack of it. In other words, God notices when we're proud and self-sufficient and He notices when we're humble and needful of Him.

To say that our "eyes are haughty" means that we are willing to look God right in the eye and ignore Him. Or defy Him. Or do it our own way instead of His. We're being haughty when our actions shout to God that we don't need Him. We'll be fine on our own.

God notices and brings the haughty low.

His response is just the opposite for those who are "contrite in spirit." That means we're aware that He is right and we are so often wrong, that we need Him completely and He needs us not at all. Holding the very thoughts of God in our hands should cause us to tremble; what power are in those words?

God notices and "esteems" us when we are humble.

Think: What actions in your life lately might show you have a prideful, haughty attitude toward God and His word? What actions might reveal humility?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be humble, contrite in spirit, and to have enormous respect for His word.

Do: Look up and write down the definitions of "haughty" and "contrite."

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