Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.-Proverbs 22:4
What comes to mind when you hear the humility? Is it weakness or is it strength? Today we view humility as a sign of weakness, because the world has taught us that in order to be strong one must only think of their needs ahead of the needs of others, and that strength comes from arrogance. However, true strength comes not from arrogance or focusing on oneself above others, but it comes from knowing your own strengths and your own weakness, and more importantly that you have to the help of others to make up for your weaknesses. Now let’s circle back to why Solomon wrote “humility is the fear of the Lord”. We can all agree that we are not perfect. And we can all agree that because we are not perfect that we have all sinned. What then is the penalty of our sin? The penalty for our sin is death, not a physical death but a spiritual death because our sin separates us from God. When we recognize our spiritual poverty and our desperate need for God’s mercy, then we can truly say that we have begun to walk in humility. Because to “fear the Lord” is to have a deep seated respect, awe and/or respect for him. And when we deny our spiritual poverty and desperate need for God’s mercy, we are saying that we don’t need God and that we don’t respect God. If you would like more information on this topic please the blog post entitled “If God’s People, Who are Called by His Name, Humble Themselves”.