“A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor.” Proverbs 29:29 (NKJV)
“The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.” Proverbs 15:33 (NKJV)
It is not easy to submit and give another person authority over your well-being. It requires humility and trust. I say humility, because you have agreed to let them lead and guide. You are a foot soldier under the command of a General. You must follow his instructions and do what he orders, even if you don’t have all the details. Trust is necessary because of the position he holds over you.
These words speak of our relationship with God. He is the General and we are His foot soldiers. We are to yield our wills and plans over to Him. If He sends us out on a seemingly dangerous mission, we must trust that He has already equipped us for that assignment. He does not want casualties. He is always victorious in His spiritual battles!
The blessing we must not forget is that our General is also our Father. Every time one of His children enters into battle, He goes before them. He is our commander but He is also our Creator. He loves us more than we can fathom and His mercies are never ending. This knowledge should aid us in trusting Him with our lives.
Unlike earthly Generals, we always have permission to “speak freely” to Him, offering up our ideas or concerns through prayer. God longs to fellowship with us and want to hear our every thought. He will never turn a deaf ear to our prayers.
However, we sometimes forget that a “NO” is also an answer to a prayer. Many folks believe that when a prayer request is laid at God’s feet, only a “YES” signals He has answered the prayer. This is just not true! You will always get an answer for God, eventually.
Maybe the answer is yes, and action is taken immediately. Maybe it is yes, but it takes years to see the request answered. Maybe it is yes, but answered in a way you never could have imagined. Maybe it is no, and you simply need to trust that God has your best interests at heart.
It is with a humble heart we approach the throne of God and a trusting heart to accept His answer. It would be an arrogant soldier who tosses the Generals commands aside in order to carry out his own. This General has all the details of every battle. He has planned his moves with knowledge. If we make a decision with only half the picture, ruin is right behind the corner.
A soldier who obeys his commanding officer and serves in the face of danger, without all the facts, is a man of honor. He will be praised in this world and in the one to come. Pride brings a man low and dishonors him with a blemish hard to erase. Humility comes before honor. We would all be wise to remember these words of wisdom.
Meditate on these Scriptures and consider how to apply them to your life right now.
“The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. “ Psalm 25:9 (NKJV)
“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” James 4:6 (NKJV)
“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (NKJV)