Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, January 26th, 2018
Success Strategies (Part 17)
Heroic Humility
Surely He has borne our griefs

And carried our sorrows;

Yet we esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten by God, and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions,

He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,

And by His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray;

We have turned, every one, to his own way;

And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He opened not His Mouth;

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,

And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

So He opened not His Mouth.
Isaiah 53:4-7 (NKJV)
As 21st century Americans, what can we say about the humility of our King? The King Who chose to be humble in appearance, lifestyle, conduct and death? Were other Bible super-heroes humble? YES!

In humility, Abraham followed an unknown God. Seeking peace, he deferred to his nephew Lot, a man inferior to himself, the superior choice of land.*

Moses was 'Very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth' (Numbers 12:3).

King David called himself 'A worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people' (Psalm 22:6), even 'A lost sheep' (119:176).

Of her appointment to become the mother of Jesus, Mary said God 'Regarded the lowly state of His maidservant' (Luke 1:48).

When Peter received his first favor from Jesus, 'He fell down at Jesus' Knees, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!' ' (Luke 5:8).

In Isaiah 53:3, Jesus is described as: 'A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.'

How is heroic humility played out by God's stars today? Visit a country where Christians are persecuted and meet them.

What about media-driven America? Heroic humility played with finesse. 'Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves' (Matthew 10:16).

Note to American Christians: Never forget Whose you are and Whom you follow. Never lower yourself to the standards of a snake or raise yourself to a platform of pride. Never buy into man's definition of glory.

Heroic humility is rare. Consider it a crowning virtue.

To Be Continued...

* Abraham and Lot:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Success Strategies series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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