The Wisdom of Humility

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace; but wisdom is with the humble.” – Proverbs 11:2

I can remember a professor in college asking me how he could pray for me. He said, “Matt, if there is one thing I could pray for, what would it be?” I asked him to pray that I would not struggle with my pride.

I have shared with many of you that my favorite Bible verse is Philippians 2:3 — “Do nothing out of selfish ambition, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” Well, Proverbs 11:2 (and several other proverbs that are similar) are also some of my favorites.

Pride is an arrogance and conceit that many of us probably struggle with. Pride was the downfall of Adam and Eve in early Genesis, and it’s true when they say, “Pride goes before the fall!” Whenever we delude ourselves into thinking we operate under our own power, we will stumble.

But what if we lived with a humbleness that comes from looking to God as the One who knows what we need and what is best? What if we admitted that it is God who has the answers or solutions, and we need to submit to God’s will? This is humility. This is wisdom. In humility, we find wisdom. In wisdom, we find fulfillment. Maybe we need less of us and more of God. Maybe we need less pride and more humility.

This Sunday, we will conclude our This We Believe series on the Apostles’ Creed. Have a great week and I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00 AM!