December 9, 2023

Humility

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones, and has exalted those who were humble.”—Luke 1:51–52 NASB

Pregnant with baby Jesus, Mary realized many amazing things. In her prayer (her “Magnificat” vs. 46–55), she admitted the honor of being chosen to be the mother of the Son of God. She saw clearly how God was holy and merciful.

In particular, she spoke about the importance of humility. She realized she simply was God’s bondslave, and she was amazed at how He had regard for her lowly state. He exalts those who are humble. He brings down rulers and scatters those who are proud.

These revelations point to a key secret of Christmas. The Bible tells us, “The LORD will tear down the house of the proud” (Proverbs 15:25). All who are proud are an “abomination to the LORD” (Proverbs 16:5). If we humble ourselves in His presence, He will exalt us (James 4:10).

We see these truths displayed that first Christmas. We see them in Mary’s declaration and Jesus’ humble birth in a stable. We see the importance of humility as the angels announced His birth to lowly shepherds while the mighty Herod the Great knew nothing when the Magi approached him.

This Christmas, think about the importance of humility. If you want God’s blessings, humble yourself before Him. Take up your cross daily and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23). Let Him be the Lord of your life. Surrender everything to Him. Let Him use you to impact lives for God’s Kingdom.

Reflection Question: Are you displaying attributes of humility or pride?

Prayer
Father, I humble myself before You. I dedicate my time, talents, and treasures to You. Use me to impact others for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 1

Prayer
Father, I humble myself before You. I dedicate my time, talents, and treasures to You. Use me to impact others for Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
Luke 1