When pride comes, shame follows, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2
What can we do compared to God? Can we form a universe? Can we invent a star? Can we speak a new color into existence? Can our imagination come up with a quark? Can we even be sure of our next heartbeat? Humble yet?
God is not trying to embarrass or humiliate us, He loves us. But we do those things to ourselves when we think of ourselves more highly than we should. Think about who we are and how God sees us. We are His loved children, so valuable to Him that he was willing to die for us. He forgives us, lifts us to His presence, and has a wonderful eternity ready for us. Those are pretty great things.
But we don’t really deserve any of that. That is where humility should overwhelm us. God gives us all those things, He loves us for no reason other than He has chosen to love us. All of our needs being met and the grace we experience is because of His love. We don’t earn it, and certainly can never do enough to make up for it. But that is how love operates. God gives us all good things both now and forever.
Realizing this is true humility. We don’t have to crawl or demean ourselves. We don’t have to put ourselves down. In fact, God says that kind of shame comes from when we follow our pride. He doesn’t want us ashamed, he wants us to be humble — the humility that comes from recognizing and accepting His love, and turning our hearts, minds and souls towards loving Him. We are not humiliated, but humbled by being so beautifully loved. This is a joyful (and wise) humility.