Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility.
'Before honor is humility' is said twice in Proverbs.*
'He who humbles himself will be exalted' is repeated three times in the Gospels.**
In His Word, from Cover to Cover, again and again, God emphasizes the importance of humility. But do we believe Him? Do we practice it? The world certainly doesn't.
Consider this Scripture: 'I can do nothing on My Own initiative' (John 5:30, NASB). In His voluntary limitations as a Man, Jesus confirmed that His power to do great works came only from God.
Now consider: 'Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time... and said to Him, 'All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours' ' (Luke 4:5-7, NKJV).
Here's my take: God owns all power. Without power, we exist--with no impact. For reasons only God fully understands, He has given Satan temporary power on Earth: power to promote and power to glorify.
Therefore, our sources for power and glory come from God or Satan--not ourselves.
We may think we're self-made. We may think our talent, brilliance or hard work is responsible for our success. I don't agree. I think all success comes from God or Satan--and success by the Hand of God is built upon a foundation of humility.
Therein, foundational humility is a must-have strategy for godly success.
## Success Strategies: Humility (Part 16)
* Proverbs 15:33 and 18:12
** Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11, Luke 18:14 and consider Matthew 18:4.
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'Success Strategies.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.