“How can anyone be arrogant when…”

I was trying to remember what God
taught me about humility…

Ah, yes. It was that
memory aids humility.
That was it.

Now . . . what exactly was it
that I was supposed to remember?
Ummm . . .

Oh, right! Remember the Lord’s works.
Let His goodness pass before me
His blessings in abundance,
His help in wilderness times.

There was something else, though.
Something else He taught me
about humility.
What was that other thing?

I had to look back
at my journal (the brown one)
for that entry, and there it was,
dated Saturday, 7 March 2009:

1 Corinthians 1:29 “As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”

=> Key to humility: being in God’s presence! If I ever find in myself pride, arrogance, selfish ambition, then the thing I should do is put myself in His presence—live in constant awareness of His presence. If I am always acutely sensitive to the fact that God is with me, how can I boast in myself?

Could it be, maybe, if
remembering aids humility,
then forgetting also
aids humility?
The one is to remember God;
the other, to forget myself.

If I turn my eyes to the fact
of God’s presence—and especially
God’s presence on the cross—
I can’t be the self-conscious
me, prone to pride.

Well, that reminded me
of something else I read,
so I pulled out the book
and found the page:

“How can anyone be arrogant when he stands beside the cross?”

– Don Carson, as quoted by C.J. Mahaney, Humility: True Greatness, p.68

And, the amazing thing—if I look
on God’s presence
and forget my own (so I cannot boast),
in the resulting humility,
at me.

“But to this one I will look,
To him who is humble
and contrite of spirit,
and who trembles at My word.”

(Isaiah 66:2)

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4 thoughts on ““How can anyone be arrogant when…”

  1. Hey, Monica! Nice to hear from you again! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I always love the content you post. Keep pursuing God above all else!

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