Humble or Proud?

humilityIn our society, it is the proud who seem to garner all the attention. Those who crave the limelight – who want to be seen by anyone and everyone – have a tendency to get noticed. The outspoken, handsome, glitzy, playboy-type guy. The beautiful, provocative, sultry woman. They make the headlines. They get the spotlight. They are recognized.

But the quiet humble guy or gal who just does his or her job without a bunch of flamboyancy hardly even gets noticed. Well, actually, that’s not true. It would be more accurate to say that they don’t get much human attention. They do, however, receive notice from Someone far more important.

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5).

You see, God notices the humble. In fact, He gives them grace. I’ll take that!

On the other hand, He opposes the proud. The showy ones who intentionally grab the spotlight are not on His favorites list. But the humble and meek, those are the people He notices.

The next verse goes on, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6).

The Lord seems to value humility. And, even when no one else does, He notices the humble efforts of His people.

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3 Responses to Humble or Proud?

  1. Les Young says:

    “Let not the wise man boast in his riches; let not the strong man boast in his strength’ Let not the rich man boast in his riches; but let the humble come and give thanks…” I think that’s from a Paul Baloche song, which, together with your post, serve as timely reminders. Thanks Tom.

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