He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
Whenever we dismiss or ignore the Lord’s instruction, we are in effect saying we know more than God. We ask God to guide us, but then only choose to follow the directives that are convenient or seem to make the most sense. Yet God’s word says He guides the humble.
The word HUMBLE is defined as having or showing a modest or low estimate of one’s importance. In view of that definition, rejection of God’s commands reveals that we view ourselves as superior to God.
When we were children, there were times when we thought we knew more than our parents. But we didn’t. At the heart of the problem, we don’t like anybody telling us what to do. And we don’t like criticism.
Let’s take a look at the reasons it’s so hard to be humble and how we can more effectively yield to the humility necessary for God to lead us.
(1) God’s ways aren’t man’s ways- To humble ourselves so that God can lead us, we must willingly accept that His ways are radically different from ours. That said, the best view of that difference is, God’s ways are infinitely better. In the following passage from Isaiah, we see that God’s ways and thoughts are HIGHER than ours.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
(2) God’s way requires waiting- We live in impatient times. Technological advances have made immediacy a reality. When I was in college, I spent many laborious hours conducting research for term papers in the library. Today, just about everything I need can be accessed in seconds on the internet. When I was a kid, if you needed something from the store, you had to get it on weekdays and Saturdays between 9 and 5. And forget about it on holidays. Now, stores are open 24/7. Before long, Amazon drones will drop your order on your doorstep.
We have found many ways to minimize waiting to accommodate our impatience. But in all those advances, we have not changed God’s emphasis on waiting. Patience is an essential element of faith. That will never change. Reduced to its lowest common denominator, waiting is abiding trust that continually relies on God to deliver on His promises according to His infinite wisdom and knowledge and in His perfect timing.
(3) God’s way often negates human effort- Independence is a wonderful thing. The ability to rely upon ourselves is incredibly liberating. But life has a way of throwing things at us that are beyond our control and human remedy. There are things only God can do. So we turn to His word, and He gives us answers that don’t appear to address the pressing concern. “Wait.” “Trust.” “Repent and change your ways.” “Be patient.” “Don’t worry.” But that’s not what we want to hear. We want an immediate divine fix for the current problem that transcends human ability.
(4) God’s way can make us look foolish- It’s hard to tell your friends there are things you can’t and won’t do because you’re a Christian. When you make choices that honor God, you will be treated like you are weird. In Galatians 1:10, the Apostle Paul said, “… If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Better foolish in the eyes of man than in the eyes of God.
(5) God’s way requires faith- Faith that is willing to take God at His word and surrenders to ALL of His instruction is difficult. Like I said, “God’s ways are higher,” which means they may defy human comprehension. To humble ourselves before God, we must be willing to trust in that which we do not understand.
In this late season of life, it is easier to trust God in all things than when I was younger. That’s because life’s setbacks have humbled me and taught me that trusting Him is the most sensible thing that anyone could ever do.
Humility will teach you to know, that you know, that you know God’s way is better, higher, bigger, surer, and completely true. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”
For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Learn God’s Will for Your Life
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.