Quiet Time with Jesus – Godly Humility or Low Self-esteem

Monday, 18 April 2016 

King Saul stood a head taller than anyone else in Israel … We can learn a lot from the shepherd king, David – from his peculiar relationship with his predecessor, Saul.

God arranged for Saul to encounter Samuel while Saul and a servant were out searching for lost donkeys. God had already told Samuel that Saul was coming. But Saul was puzzled by what Samuel said,

As for the donkeys you lost three days ago, do not worry about them; they have been found. And to whom is all the desire of Israel turned, if not to you and all your father’s family?
— 1 Samuel 9:20

Saul’s response:

But am I not a Benjamite, from the smallest tribe of Israel, and is not my clan the least of all the clans of the tribe of Benjamin?
— 1 Samuel 9:21

How do we distinguish between godly humility and low self-esteem?

Beth Moore: A person with godly humility looks to the Master. He or she neither exalts nor denigrates self, because to do either is to make self the center of our universe. When we’re really serving Christ, our reputation and abilities simply cease to be so important. We must decrease that He may increase. 

Saul exhibited the core sin of all self-centered people: he focused on himself.

My prayer

Dear Father God, thank You for teaching us through Your Word. Give us revelation knowledge and understanding. Help us grow in godly wisdom and strength. Help us to recognize that a lack of confidence does not equal humility. The truth is: Genuinely humble people have enormous confidence because it rests in a great God.

O Father, You are our Great Great God! If we focus (even unknowingly) on our ‘selves’ and not You, please ‘knock our heads’ – let us see You standing at the door and knocking …

Jesus said, 

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
— Revelation 3:19-20

Thank You Jesus!

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us cling to His promises that He will give us the right to sit with Him on His throne, when we overcome just as He overcame and sat down with the Father on His throne. Hallelujah!


Lam Yee Ling

Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)