Obedience & Humility

Isaiah 7:10-13

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: 11 “Ask a sign of the Lord your[a] God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” 13 And he[b] said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?

 

What did King Ahaz do which made God feel frustrated?

The answer is that God told Ahaz to ask Him for a sign, but Ahaz said no. Ahaz said no because he didn’t want to put God to the test – he sounded like he had good intentions. But good intentions are pointless without obedience to God.

 

Jeremiah 1:4-8

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

Refusing God’s call, saying that you’re not good enough is not humility. It’s actually disobedience.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” – C.S. Lewis

In other words, to put yourself down is false humility. True humility is obedience to God.

The two things which made people disobey God is shyness, shame and fear. Most people feel shy and express their fear to pray in front of other believers, or to share and preach the gospel of Jesus. Saying that they are shy or afraid but Paul says in Romans 1:16 that, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He was able to preach and take the gospel to places and to people who never heard it. Because he was thinking less about himself and more about obeying God.

That is what true humility is.

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