DCLM Daily Manna 16 January 2024 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Humility Is Key
TOPIC: Humility Is Key (DCLM Daily Manna 16 January 2024)
KEY VERSE: “That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more” (Job 34:32).
TEXT: Job 34:31-37 (KJV)
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement, I will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 Should it be according to thy mind? he will recompense it, whether thou refuse, or whether thou choose; and not I: therefore speak what thou knowest.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
35 Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom.
36 My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end because of his answers for wicked men.
37 For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
C.S. Lewis, a Christian writer, summarised how to measure one’s level of humility when he said, “The first step (to acquire humility) is to realise that (naturally) one is proud and if one thinks he is not conceited, it means he is very conceited indeed.” Real humility as prescribed by the Scriptures is becoming rare even among those who profess to possess the image of Christ today.
Elihu, who was younger than the three friends of Job, who visited him during his travails, had waited patiently for them to conclude their “push and pull” of Job before he spoke. His speech pointed out the supremacy of God and the frailty of man. Elihu presents humility as an indispensable quality for those who belong to God. Such people will be humble enough to ask God for direction, illumination and forgiveness when they err. He also chided Job for placing God on the same pedestal as man and reminded him that God will not reward him on his own terms but on His benevolence. Elihu did not fail to remind Job of the futility of multiplying words against God.
Humility in a believer’s life is a product of sincere appraisal of himself in the light of God’s expectation. It is placing oneself on God’s measuring scale, willingly accepting the verdict of the scale and taking steps to correct deviations where necessary. The natural man is filled with pride. He is proud of his position, place, possession, power and progress. He boasts of his credentials before God and forgets that no proud person can be justified before Him.
Heaven-minded believers must possess and demonstrate humility before God and men. They must resort to Him in all matters of life, knowing that they are helpless without Him. Humility pays! (James 4:6).
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
If you are not humble before God and man, you will be humbled by God and man.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
Deeper Life Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.