Scriptural Gem for November 2015 

In Genesis 32:9-10, we read: "Then Jacob said, ‘O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies.’" (NKJV, emphasis added)

We are all familiar with Bible verses encouraging us to "humble ourselves before God." But how do you do that in reality? Do you assume a certain posture, plaster a "humble" expression on your face and add some religious-sounding self-deprecating words to complete the picture? The original Hebrew helps answer this question for us. This is how it reads: "...All the mercy and truth you have shown your servant has made me small." So often I hear Christians say that humility is the prerequisite to communion with God but Jacob communicates a different idea. He looks at all that God has done for him and declares, "Lord, I look at all that You have done for me and it makes me realize how small I am!"

What becomes clear is that humility is a response. It cannot be conjured up beforehand—it is the result of knowing what God has done for you (and by this I mean not a general all-of-humanity-is-sinful religious knowledge), I mean a personal revelation from the Living God of how much you have been forgiven. Without that there is no way you will ever be truly "humble."

Lord Jesus, thank you that You died for us while we were yet Your enemies. Humility is our response to all You have already done. Show us how much mercy, kindness and truth You have showered on us. We desire to be made truly humble. Amen.