Humility versus Humiliation

Bible Reading: Luke 14:8-14

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

No one wants to be disgraced. Maybe one reason we hesitate to ask God to remove our shortcomings is for fear of being humiliated. Perhaps people have put us down or publicly embarrassed us in an attempt to turn us away from our addiction. We wonder if God will do the same if we ask him to change us.

God's goal is not to put us down, but rather to lift us up. He wants us to be spared embarrassment. Jesus showed this when he taught, "When you are invited to a wedding feast, don't sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.' Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!' Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted" (Luke 14:8-11). We are promised, "Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor" (1 Peter 5:6).

God's goal is to spare us further humiliation and to lift us up once again to a position of respectability. This will happen at the time he knows is good for us, not necessarily when we feel ready. Our attitude of humility will help us wait for God to restore us in his good time.

Humility is not self-degradation; it is realistic affirmation.