I think its safe to say many of our problems begin when we get too full ourselves and too invested in “me”. We have an attitude of entitlement much of the time when in reality what have we don’t to earn this entitlement? Why do we think we deserve it? Hate to bust any bubbles, but we don’t! I mean honestly can you think of anything you’ve done to receive saving grace and eternity? I sure can’t, I’ll tell ya that!
Here’s a few examples of some Bible dudes that thought too full of themselves and it ultimately led them down a quite difficult road. In 2 Chronicles 26:16,we see that too much power led to King Uzziah’s prideful nature being born, which ended in his downfall. He had sinned against God by burning incense at the altar of the Lord’s Temple (which was a no-no) because pretty much he thought he was all that and a bag a potato chips. Another Bible dude that had a little trouble grasping humility was King Nebuchadnezzar (aka King Neb-aint nobody got time to type all dat). In Daniel 4:28-33, we see Daniel’s dreams coming true. In verse 30, ole King Nebby is gloating and going on about Babylon, saying things like, “look at this great city”, and “by my own mighty power, I have built this beautiful city as my royal residence to display my majestic splendor” (no self esteem issues there huh?!). If you keep reading, you’ll see that because of this arrogance, King Neb is fired from ruling over the kingdom and driven out of human society, forced to live in the field among the animals until he learned his lesson. In verse 37 of that same chapter, we see success and Neb proclaims, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud”. Thankfully, we have the Bible to learn from the mistakes men like Uzziah and Neb made so we don’t have to be punished or kicked out of society, we’re even given great examples of people who lived humble lives. In John 3:22-36, we see John the Baptist exalting Jesus and stating how we can do nothing without God (v.27) and how we need to become less and God become greater (v.30). Another great example of this is Luke 14:11-“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Humbling yourself doesn’t always mean putting yourself down and you living as this tiny person with a tiny existence, in 1 Peter 5:6 states, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.”
Part of living in humility to God and walking humbly with him is confession of your own faults to him and fessing up to whatever shenanigans you’ve gotten yourself into. We know we’re not perfect and God knows that too, but he wants to hear it from us. The proof of this is found in good book:
But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. -1 John 1:9
Psalm 32 (yep all of it!)
People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy. -Proverbs 28:13
Not only do we need to confess to God, but to others as well. Confession of sins clears the stage, and really be a part of your testimony. You never know who is going through what and by confessing areas where you struggle or have messed up, you could really be helping someone else as ell. James 5:16 states, “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” Along with confession, an attitude of repentance must follow.
Confession of faults in self is the first step to humility.