But who is able to build a temple for him, since even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain him? Who am I then that I should build a temple for him except as a place to burn incense before him? 2 Chronicles 2:6 (CSB)
Ted Turner once said, “If I only had a little humility, I would be perfect.” Some have said that the concept of true humility is lost. I disagree, if we dig deep into God’s word, we see humility in Jesus as He washed the disciples' feet, and we even see it in flawed humans, such as David.
What does it mean to be truly humble? Humility is a trait that God honors, and that is something that we should continually strive for. David was an example of not only a man after God’s own heart but humility. We see humility is in his prayers, as well as his writings. David was not only humble privately, but he was an example to his family, always showing that God was to be glorified and that God was the cause of anything good in his life. Are we setting those examples for our families?
We can get so caught up sometimes, especially in the age of social media and over-sharing in the pride of our good works. If we are honest, there are times we like to pat ourselves on the back when a certain God loving post gets a few likes. We take pride in things such as our belongings, our families, our careers, but can get so caught up in the gift, we forget about the Giver.
Are we approaching everything with an attitude of humility or entitlement? Truth is, we deserve nothing. We are sinners, yet our God, our Father bestows on us the pleasures of this life, and even better, he gave us his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. How can we not be grateful and humble? I would encourage you to stop and take a minute, to thank God at this very moment, not for His gifts, but just for who He is. We serve good God. Let us never forget that.
Father, I just want to take a minute and praise you for who YOU are. Thank you for all the gifts you have given me on this earth, and for eternal life that I could never obtain on my own. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.
Spend time this week and read 1 Chronicles 17:16-27. What can we learn from David’s prayer of thanksgiving? How does he exhibit humility to his family? Is this an example of why he was called a man after God’s own heart?