Friday, May 13th, 2011
Humility Precedes Success (Part 1)
Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man... but he was a leper.
2 Kings 5:1 (KJV)
Naaman was a big shot, a mighty man of valor, but he had the most dreaded disease of his time: leprosy. Naaman was the king of Syria's #1 man, and the king wanted him healthy. So, he sent a letter to the king of Israel, who turned to Elisha, who turned to God. God gave Elisha the prescription for Naaman's cure.
So 'Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, 'Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be clean.' But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, 'Indeed, I said to myself, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy' ' (2 Kings 5:10-11).
How many of us expect our success (even miracles) to come out to us with hand-waving magic? Like we deserve it.
But if we want true success in our lives, humility lays the ground work:
'The Lord lifts up the humble' (Psalm 147:6), 'And the humble person He will save' (Job 22:29). 'He will beautify the humble with salvation' (Psalm 149:4); He 'gives grace to the humble' (Proverbs 3:34); 'With the humble is wisdom' (Proverbs 11:2); 'The humble also shall increase their joy' (Isaiah 29:19).
'The humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity' (Psalm 37:11).
Naaman did eventually humble himself and followed God's prescription. Therein, he was healed.
But that was then and this is now. How can actors, models and talent for Christ succeed with humility in a world that applauds the proud?
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Humility Precedes Success series.