What an awesome realization that the God of the universe desires to dwell with us!
God describes two places where He is willing to dwell: on His holy throne and within the heart of the humble.
Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’ (Isaiah 57:15)
Humility opens the door for God’s presence to be at home in our hearts.
Jesus compared this heart condition to that of a little child. It is the recognition that we are helpless, completely dependent on Him. Humility doesn’t grasp for or demand control; it gladly surrenders to the Master’s control.
A proud or rebellious spirit demonstrates a low view of God and a high view of ourselves. When we see God as He is—high and holy—and we see ourselves as we are—sinful and needy—we are compelled to bow before Him in humility and worship. We no longer demand our “rights,” but we humbly recognize our desperate need for God’s mercy and grace and we esteem all others as better than ourselves.
The apostle Peter wrote:
[box]All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5–7)[/box]
This heart attitude is the polar opposite of the natural mindset which insists on grasping for power.
Jesus said, “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Matthew 23:11).
Take Time to Reflect
Is your life characterized by humility? Spend some time in 1 Peter, chapters 2 and 3. What do you see in the example of Christ that should be a pattern for our own attitudes, actions, and responses?