“When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.” So says Solomon the prophet in Proverbs 11:2. So many are the ills which befall men and women on this earth because of pride. It makes people to be careless about spiritual things, to disregard reproof, not to pay attention to the provisions God makes for His creature, etc. We cannot agree more with C. H. Spurgeon who wrote, “There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride. And yet there is no vice that is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture.” Because people of God are required to be humble, the opposite of pride, we shall reflect on this vice in the next few days by God's grace. The Bible says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.” - Proverbs 8:13.
Text: :“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased: and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” – Luke 14:11.
Comment: To exalt oneself means to ascribe to oneself or promote oneself to a high position, rank or esteem that one does not merit or deserve. St. Paul stated, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3) Our Saviour advised us that when invited to public functions such as weddings, we should not choose seats that are meant for the most honorable persons but choose those that are lower down the ladder. It is better for the host to invite one to a more noble position than to be asked to vacate a seat on the high table for some other person. - Luke 14:7-11.
Our Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated humility by willingly accepting to take human form so as to die to save mankind from sin and death. He “made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men”. (Philippians 2:7) As a result of his humility, God Almighty exalted him above all creation, and commanded all creatures to worship him. (Philippians 2:9-11) There is great blessing in humbling ourselves to do the will of God as He would, in His due time, exalt us. “The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” - Proverbs 15:33.