“For the Lord takes delight in his people; He crowns the humble with victory.” Psalm 149:4
Arrogance is an unattractive characteristic that many people display. They see themselves as superior to others, daring to not mingle with those they deem lesser then themselves. Because of arrogance, people become judge and jury over the socioeconomic status of all who are around them. They determine who is worthy of their association and who is not. It is an unseemly trait that is becoming all too common in society today. Seeing themselves as higher than the vast majority of society, they wouldn’t waste their time believing in an unseen god, since they would see no need for him. That is frighteningly sad, for their own attitude is the affliction that will take them down. They cannot see that their thoughts, words and deeds are self-centered. They have reached the pinnacle of self-absorption and yet are unaware that from this lofty position can come a mighty fall and it will come. God doesn’t honor such an attitude, nor does it please Him.
A humble spirit is quite the opposite. Humble folks are submissive to God’s will and as a result, one another. Humble people place the needs of others before their own. Since faith is required to please God (Hebrews 11:6), they must first believe and place their trust in an unseen deity. Once they learn how to live for Christ, they slowly begin to develop a spirit of humbleness and humility. The secret lies in our closeness to God.
Arrogant people view those that are humble as weak and tend to take advantage of them. Arrogance doesn’t consider the feelings of anyone but themselves, while those that are humble consider the feelings of others before themselves. It is the humble individual who pleases God and not the arrogant for it is not all about ME, but rather about God and others. If we believe that God provides and sustains those whom He loves then we have no concerns and submission should come somewhat easy. The arrogant person believes that he alone provides and sustains for himself without any outside assistance. What a shock they will receive on the last day when they will be required to bow before Almighty God and profess Him as Lord. Do for others with a spirit of humbleness and humility and you will be blessed as a result. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!