Coming Before God with Humility

A.W. Tozer said, “Self is the opaque veil that hides the Face of God from us.”[1]  The stronger our pride, ego, and confidence in our own ability to “fix” things, the thicker and more opaque that veil becomes.

No one comes to the foot of the cross in a prideful state.  No one can remain at the foot of the cross in a prideful state.  Pride is simply thinking or acting as if the the power and authority and responsibilities that belong to God are our own.

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.”[2]  It is a deep-seated recognition that we are truly nothing without God.  He is everything, we are nothing.

When we believe our lives are about who we are, what we can do, and what we have, we skew our perspective on who we are and who God is.  Life is all about who God is, what He can do, and what He has and offers to us out of His love.

One indicator of humility is the grace we extend to others.  When we recognize that the same God who is molding us into His image is doing the same work in others, humility will not allow us to criticize God for how He is doing that work – in ourselves or in others.

[1] Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson) (2011-03-24). The Pursuit of God, p. 41. Kindle Edition.
[2] Mahaney, C.J. (2008-08-19). Humility: True Greatness (Kindle Locations 160-161). The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


2 thoughts on “Coming Before God with Humility

  1. “If my sinfulness appears to me to be in any way smaller or less detestable in comparison with the sins of others, I am still not recognizing my sinfulness at all” – D Bonhoeffer
    Good stuff, Alan. Thanks for your insights!


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