The Power of Humility
“Then he continued, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them'” (Daniel 10.12 NIV).
Daniel’s words to God were heard, and God responded to them. What did Daniel do to deserve God’s attentive ear? Why was Daniel so esteemed by the Lord? The answer is not in Daniel’s righteousness, for the Bible says that ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s holy perfection (Romans 3.23). God knows our human nature. Like any good Father, He knows that His children are flawed and that we make mistakes. He does not expect us to be perfect, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for our sins in order to give us His righteousness. What God desires is our humility and our earnest desire to grow in our understanding of His character and His kingdom. If we are honest about our weaknesses, we are better able to rely on God’s strength. If we are honest about our lack, we are better able to rely on God’s abundance. If we are honest about our sin, we are better able to rely on Jesus’ holiness and His finished work on the Cross. When we are broken to ourselves, God is better able to fill us with Himself. Humility does not mean perfection and it does not mean weakness. Humility means we have an objective understanding of our design–weaknesses and strengths–and we know beyond a doubt that we are nothing without God. God created us, formed us in His image, gave us His Spirit and placed us on this earth at this particular time for a purpose. All we can offer Him for everything He has given us is our obedience, trust, faith, love and heart.
“The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility” (Proverbs 15.33 AKJV).