“My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not my ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Being humble before God includes humbling ourselves to labor because to labor was God’s original curse on humans for their sin. What this means is, a lazy man is a rebel against God.
Being humble before God also includes humility in the face of natural disasters, disappointments, and inconveniences because they are just more of God’s ordained consequences for our sin.
Being humble also means standing up for the right, even if few others have the courage to do so. Moses was the humblest man on earth, according to the Bible (Num. 12:3), and yet he stood fast with God and the truth through some very perilous situations, even daring to smash the people’s beloved golden calf to very tiny bits – and then making them drink it! Jesus was even meeker than Moses, but he became furious when he saw his Father’s house being used by men to make money, and he overturned their tables and drove them out of the temple (Jn. 2:13–17). Jesus once said, “I am meek and lowly”; at the same time, he always “called a spade a spade”, and he would boldly stand up for the helpless against the powerful who were abusing them (e.g., the hapless woman caught in adultery).
Men can appear to be humble by making a show of their humility. But be careful. Before judging someone to be humble, let us pause to consider what God thinks humility is. His thoughts are not our thoughts, and He is not fooled by appearances, as we so often have been.