Job 42:1-6

A study of the book of Job teaches us Job had been put through the mill; he lost his land, his animals and all his children. He questioned God but didn’t curse Him. His “best” friends try to reason why God allowed these events to happen. God finally spoke but He didn’t answer the questions Job and his friends asked.

In the last chapter (chapter 42), Job says, “My ears have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.” (:5-6) Job gained something by having been put through this trauma, he saw God. Because Job saw God, he was ashamed of who he was and grieved his behavior.

We have times when God allows us to go through trauma after trauma. We later learn God had His reason to put us through them. He allows them for our personal growth. Job saw God. The majority of times, God leads us through uncertainties to further cement our relationship with Him. We, as His children, need to keep in close relationship to God, no matter what.

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines humble as “having or showing a consciousness of one’s defects or shortcomings; not proud; modest low in condition or rank; lowly; unimportant; unpretentious.

I see this condition as an element of recognition of one’s place. After Job hears God speak. Humility is the opposite of conceit, egotism, haughtiness, selfishness, and pride.

Why are we called to humility? God calls us to be like Christ. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells us those who are poor in spirit will be blessed. Does God’s Word and God's World give us examples of humility? Yes it does.

Jesus Christ

Picture Jesus,as He kneels down at a stone in the garden of Gethsemane. He is weary, sorrow-filled, and troubled. Yet, He continues to pray. It has been less than a week since he arrived in Jerusalem. Jesus is amazed at the turn-about in the attitude of the people. He doesn’t point a finger at the crowds and say, “Look what they have done to me.” Instead He asks that He not die but then asks for the Father’s will over His. Jesus empties his heart of personal desire, replacing it with God’s Will three times that night.

The Apostle Paul

What about Paul? He called himself the least of the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:9) because he persecuted the church prior to his meeting Jesus. Paul told the Philippians (3:8) he counted all his advantages as loss “compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Jesus Christ my Lord.” He didn’t rely on who his forebears were. He didn’t rely on his education to get him anywhere. He didn’t rehash his evil ways of his life before the Damascus road experience. Paul relied on Jesus Christ and God’s grace to get him through.

Mother Teresa

She was a very tiny lady who chose to care for the downtrodden of the world. She made her home with those whom she cared for. When she received recognition or monetary reward, she used the funds for her hospitals and clinics. When she left this world for her place in heaven, the newsmen ticked off a small list of her personal possessions. I remember this list consisted of six items, including two saris, a roll-up sleeping mat, a prayer book and a Bible.