During this journey of ministry, I often visit churches but I never go, right off, to the pulpit. It isn’t that I am ashamed of my calling but uncle taught me long ago, never to go into someone else house without first being invited. This is why when I visit worship places, I don’t instinctively go to the pulpit. We all know, there are a lot of folk who don’t believe in women preachers but that doesn’t bother me because humility can do for me what I can’t do for myself. So, I respect the house I’m in because my place is in humility. And I’ve found that being humble can crumble walls that have been place to keep me out and it can even take me places I didn’t even think I could go. Baby, I’d be a fool to think everywhere my feet step is because of me when it’s all due to the God in me. I don’t know why I am sharing this because I had begun writing an entirely different devotional. But then I came across, Luke 14:10-11 that says, “But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
You don’t have to take my word for it but the Word of God never lies. If you want to receive favor, Proverbs 3:34 says, “He mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed.” If you want to be God led, Psalm 25:9 says, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” If you want to be lifted up, James 4:10 says, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” Then my brothers and my sisters, if you want to be rewarded, Proverbs 22:4 says, “The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.” Listen beloved, being humble is better than being arrogant, any day of any week that peeks into any year because Proverbs 11:2 says, “Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” I am not saying you have to stop believing in yourself neither am I saying, throw your confidence out the window but what I am sharing is this; humility can write checks you didn’t even think you were worthy of, it can give you positions you weren’t qualified for, it can open doors you haven’t even knocked on, give you a seat at tables you didn’t think you belonged and approve some stuff you know you shouldn’t have received. First thing first, humble yourself, dear one and watch how God provides.