Humility Evades Destruction

“And when he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction. Moreover, conditions were good in Judah” (2 Chronicles 12:12).

In 2 Chronicles 12, we read about King Rehoboam who was the leader of Israel and he abandoned the laws of the Lord. He also led the people in rebellion against God and they also abandoned the laws that the Lord instructed them to keep. The King of Egypt came up against Jerusalem and he took the fortified cities of Judah. The Lord sent the prophet Shemaiah to the King and the people who gathered in Jerusalem because of the Egyptian King. Shemaiah said to Rehoboam concerning the word from the Lord, ‘You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak’ (2 Chronicles 12:5).

The King and the princes humbled themselves before God and declared that the Lord was righteous. God spoke to the prophet and told him that he would not pour out his wrath on them because they had humbled themselves. They would serve the Egyptians but God did not allow them to experience utter destruction. Rehoboam was described as a King who did evil in the sight of the Lord. Nevertheless, God honoured his humility and allowed the city of Judah to experience good times.

There are other places in the bible where God speaks on the subject of humility. “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6). God is honourable and honours his word above his name. Anyone who has a humble attitude will be exalted in due season. God does not want to be close to people who are puffed up with pride. I am not talking about a false sense of humility where you deny your natural abilities and accept less in life. The bible’s concept of humility is putting God in his rightful place in your life. Trusting in him and allowing him to direct your steps and remembering to acknowledge him and ascribe all glory and honour to his name.


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