March 11

All his works are truth, and his ways are justice; and he is able to bring low those who walk in pride. Daniel 4:37

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:29

Humbleness is not the easiest thing for many of us to accomplish. After all, who wants to be humble when we could be proclaiming our wonderfulness? Some of the synonyms for humble sound pretty good: down-to-earth, meek, modest, unassuming, and unpretentious. There is of course the other connotation of humble – to chasten, discredit, dishonor, or shame. So now we look at a couple verses, one from Daniel and one from Matthew.

Who says the words in Daniel? It is not the prophet but rather Nebuchadnezzar who has had a dream interpreted by Daniel that has come true. He then praises the true God, exalting and glorifying the Lord that Daniel worships. It is easy for a great man, like this king, to be full of pride and attribute good things that happen to themselves rather than to God. After his experience he no longer walks in pride as he is humbled, or “brought low”.

Matthew records Jesus saying that we should take His yoke and learn from Him. Jesus calls himself humble and gentle. He is not full of pride and self-conceit, although He would have every right to be. We are reminded us that we too need to give all the glory to God. To not feel that we have accomplished all things, but that we do God’s plan with His assistance. Sometimes this may feel like a burden, like the yoke placed on oxen. It might even insult our pride. Luckily we have a reward in store as Jesus promises us rest from our burdens.

God of justice, your love and peace overcomes hatred and violence. We pray that we can live in the way you intended. As your children made in your image, soften our hearts so that we may be kind and gentle with each other. Lead us to rest in you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Chris Gabel