The topic of pride and humility is often drawn out in just about every book of the Bible. Theses adjectives are typically associated with certain individuals. Depending on the character, this characteristic may be the only trait that some people know them for. One thing that can be noted concerning these two attributes is that they can either lead to someone’s demise or success. They are contrasting characteristics. With that being said, Saul and David are two examples of these opposing characteristics. Pride can be noted as being the biggest hindrances to Saul’s reign and godly progression. As opposed to David, whose humility and submission to God allows him to be the leader that Israel needed. God expected this type of humility from the appointed king of Israel. This is something that we see in a many different verses. For instance, but in 2 Chronicles, we read about God’s expectation and reward of those who humble themselves before Him.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 states,
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and forgive their sins and heal their land.”
This is spoken by God to Solomon in His second appearance. God makes known his expectations concerning the humility that his people should have, most importantly the kings he appoints for Israel.
Those who are called by God’s name have the expectation and the responsibility to humble themselves before God. This is a sign of submission before the Father. It indicates that the individual understands who is in control and who they serve. This is important for us as Christians because we bear the name of Christ, thus indicating that we are being called by God’s name. Our actions should display humility before God.
Furthermore, the next section of the verse coincides with humility. God has set the expectation that those who are called by His name, those who are humble before Him, shall pray to Him. This is a sign of humility because prayer demonstrates dependency on God, as we see in Philippians 4:6. The action of coming before God in prayer and laying upon our burdens shows how humble we are. Being able to admit that we need God in our lives shows that He is superior, and we acknowledge that. Another expectation that God expects from His people is to seek Him and to turn from their wicked paths. This is in direct reference to Matthew 6:33, where Jesus tells us
“Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”
If we are willing to seek God first, then we will be able to forsake the wickedness that is present in our lives. However, all of these things are supported by the foundation of humility before our Creator.
This verse applies to us today because we have the same expectations set before us just as God had set these standards before Solomon during his reign. We need to be humble, pray, seek, and put away our wickedness before God and we will most certainly be making our way into heaven certain.