A Summer of Wisdom: Humility

Last week I shared with you about our plan to use the Spot of Grace this summer to think about the practical and helpful wisdom found in the book of Proverbs. We are going to cover some practical areas of wisdom, one subject at a time. This week we will consider the subject of humility. This is a major theme in the book of Hebrews. The word humility in Hebrew means modest, gentle, meek, lowly in spirit.

Think about the following verses about wisdom and humility:

1. When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

Humility results in wisdom. This is a cause and effect relationship: disgrace follows pride, wisdom follows humility.

2. The fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

Humility results in honor and testimony for God. Basically, we can summarize humility as being modest.

3. It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19

In this verse we have a contrast drawn between the proud and the humble – their hearts, their characteristics, and their results. There are blessings both immediate and eternal for the humble.

4. Before destruction a man's heart is haughty, but humility comes before honor. Proverbs 18:12 

We again see a comparison between pride (a haughty heart) and humility. There is destruction in pride, and there is honor in humility.

5. The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4 

This verse could be understood as a summary of the book of Proverbs. To obey God in our lives by our attitudes and our humility brings blessing. The reward for fearing God and being humble is riches, honor, and life.

6. It is not good to eat much honey, nor is it glorious to seek one's own glory. Proverbs 25:27 

I love that last one! This Proverb compares eating too much honey with seeking one’s own glory.

Let’s apply the wisdom we’ve considered with an application challenge. If you are serious about seeking humility, don’t trust your own opinion about yourself. Ask someone who you know will tell you the truth to say what they see in you. Imagine it this way: You walk into a room with a large mirror and you ask your friend to stand next to you and tell you what they see. I’m not talking about surface observations. I’m talking about observations of character traits.