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Humble Enough to Listen - Dave's Daily Devo - October 15

  • 2019 Oct 15


Humble Enough to Listen     

Daniel 8:15-18

We applaud leaders who strut their stuff, flex their muscles, and charm us with their charisma and success. That’s what made Sue Shellenbarger’s article in the Wall street Journal, titled “The Best Bosses Are Humble Bosses,” so captivating. She reveals that after years of screening their potential candidates for assertiveness, persuasiveness, and self-confidence, businesses are starting to realize that there is a far more important character trait they need to be looking for—humility. Why? Because they “inspire close teamwork, rapid learning and high performance in their teams.”  They tend to fly under the radar giving the spotlight to others working alongside them. One of the most important qualities of this humble team leader, they are humble enough to listen to others (Wall street Journal, October 9, 2018). 

“Now while I, Daniel, was watching the vision and seeking to discern what it meant, suddenly a man stood beside me, riveting my attention. At least he had the appearance of a man, and as I was listening I heard a man’s voice from between the banks of the Ulai canal calling, ‘Gabriel, explain to this man standing there the meaning of the vision.’ 
He came near the place where I was standing and I was terrified and fell prostrate. ‘Son of man,’ he said to me, ‘understand that the vision is about the time of the end.’  While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.”    Daniel 8:15-18

Daniel had been the wisest man in the court of Nebuchadnezzar, ten times smarter than anyone else, yet here many years later he humbly falls at the feet of a man who turns out to be an angel. He allows Gabriel, the angel who will later tell Zechariah about the conception and birth of John the Baptist and Mary about the conception and birth of Jesus, to explain to him the meaning of the vision God gave him about the future. What made Daniel open to listen? He was humble. 

LORD, humble me under your mighty hand today! Especially help me not to be annoyed when others ignore me and what I think I’ve accomplished. 

Here’s a poll you can take to get a gauge on how humble you?

1) I appreciate other people’s advice at work.

2) It’s not my job to applaud others’ achievements.

3) People lose respect when they admit their limitations.

4) I am entitled to more respect than the average person.

5) I do many things better than almost everyone I know.

6) It annoys me when others ignore my accomplishments.

People high in humility tend to agree with Item 1 and disagree with Items 2 through 6. (Source: Hogan Assessment Systems)

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