Hello All Christian News Family!
If we are honest with ourselves, we all like a pat on the back every now and then. We like recognition for a job exceptionally well done. If there is an awards ceremony at school, work, church or anyplace else we sit on the edge of our seats with our hearts racing. We hopefully anticipate that our name will be called and that applause will errupt at its sound. This brings us to our key text coming out of Proverbs 15:33 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility.
I would like to draw special attention to the latter part of this verse which states that humility comes before honor. This is very important for us to keep in mind when we desire to be recognized for achievements. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal to earn a Pulitzer Prize, for example. There is everything wrong with being arrogant on your journey towards your goal or even after achieving your goal. Humility is the key. What we must realize is that though we may be extremely talented individuals, it is only by the grace of God that we are able to excel in our respective areas. Just as God gave you the talent, He can take it away. Everything that we are able to do is by God’s grace. If you’re the best mathematician, sprinter, mechanic, teacher, or doctor you have a right to be confident in what God has invested in you, but you don’t have a right to pride. In fact, it is within Proverbs chapter 6 that we find out God hates pride. Truth be told, many humans don’t like to be around prideful people either. Whereas some may overlook pride and honor a person anyway based on their skills, the same does not go for God. It is humility that earns one God’s honor, and His recognition is more valuable than that any man can give.
Have a blessed day!
Ayvaunn Penn is an award-winning writer and the author of Ephemeral Moments, a book of poetry and short stories from the Christian perspective, available on Amazon.com in the fall of 2013. She is also the founder of Your Black Poets. To receive Ayvaunn’s daily Bible devotionals by email, click here. Click to follow her on Twitter and Facebook.