• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 30, 2021

Daily Reading: Luke 14-16

Luke 14:11

For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Has it ever occurred to you that the way of the Lord and the way of the world oppose one another? Consider today’s verse. The world (human nature, worldly philosophy etc.) teaches us to exalt ourselves. After all the serpent’s final promise to Eve was that upon eating the forbidden fruit on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, she would become as god. The Lord teaches His disciples to humble themselves. Each and every day, in many different ways every person faces this decision; exalt myself or humble myself.

Those who choose to exalt themselves will be abased or brought low. Those that humble themselves will be exalted. On this the Bible has ample verses, stories, illustrations, and word pictures. One that comes to mind is Haman in the book of Esther. He exalted himself but was abased. While Mordecai humbled himself and was exalted. The same with Joseph, instead of exalting himself he served others and was exalted. The same with Daniel, Peter, Paul, Mary Magdalene. On the other hand, Ananias and Sapphira exalted themselves and were abased to the ultimate degree, they lost their lives. Remember Athaliah? She exalted herself and was abased.

Yes, the way of the Lord is not congruent with the way of the world. Where the world teaches to save oneself, the Lord teaches to die to oneself. The world says to get all you can and can all you get; the Lord says: Give and it shall be given you… The world teaches “the survival of the fittest”; the Lord teaches when I am weak then am I strong… Over and over again the philosophy of the world and the teachings of Christ oppose one another. This is why it is so difficult for those who do not feast on the Word of God daily, attend the preaching services of their church, pray, and draw close to the Lord to “walk the Christian walk.” They are weak in the faith and forget, know not how, or choose not to, humble themselves.

So, if any person in Christ desires to be exalted, humble oneself. This is what the phrase …before honour is humility means in the book of Proverbs. He that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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