February 16, 2018 Psalm 25:1-10
“He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” vs. 9
According to the ways of our world, humility is more of a curse than a blessing. It’s the narcissists who get the power and the acclaim, and we absolutely love the arrogant and the proud. The psalmist would be appalled! In his estimation, such persons do not walk in the way of the Lord and are to be pitied for their posturing and their perversion of righteousness. Their grandiose behaviors and elevated self-importance are a detriment to genuine human community and undermine the mission of the Christ. According to the psalmist and the witness of Jesus, we glimpse God most clearly in the lives of the humble and the gentle. It’s through such persons that we experience God’s kingdom and in their presence, that we are given a compass for virtuous living. The brash and the beautiful may be skilled at capturing headlines but it’s in the presence of the humble that we can see God at work. Sometimes we won’t even notice them in the course of the day–they’re adept at hiding in plain sight. But they’re around, and in every part of the world, it’s through them that loving gets done and lives are changed. It’s because of the humble that our world is civilized and fit for habitation. Through them evil is held at bay and goodness ultimately triumphs. In them God’s will is being done.
Thought for the Day: Can humility be learned or is it innate?