“You save the humble, but your eyes are on the haughty to bring them low.”
2 Samuel 22:28 NIV
Happy Thursday! It’s a great day to forgive others and yourself. It is easy to hold a grudge when we have been hurt or have experienced difficulties due to another person’s actions. In Colossians 3:13 we are reminded that we need to be forgiving, just as God has forgiven us. Unforgiveness can weigh us and others down. I heard a story of a supervisor who wouldn’t hire a past employee based on the woman previously taking a leave of absence. In this case, the woman had a dying parent, but was otherwise a good employee. Taking a leave of absence during a busy season can be hard to deal with, especially when the staff is small. However, if you put yourself in this employee’s situation, you might find she had no other choices. Remember your staff and coworkers are people too. They have families and sometimes illnesses. Let go of past situations and give people a chance.
Today, our previous discussion on being humble continues. It’s a little difficult to wrap our minds around at times. The verse above talks about “haughty eyes”. The Hebrew word for “eye” is ‘ayin (pronounced ah’-yin) which can be used literally as eye or figuratively as conceit or resemble. The Hebrew word for “haughty” is ruwm (pronounced room) which means exalt or magnify. It appears in this context to mean one who is conceited and exalts or magnifies himself above others. This definition seems to meet at least some of the definitions of proud.
A humble person never exalts himself above others, but builds other up. For example, If you were responsible for a project at work that had a good outcome. The world teaches to toot your horn and let everyone know how wonderful a job you have done. However, God has a different lesson. Make sure those above and below you are magnified for their responsibility in the process. This can be difficult if you feel like your efforts are often overlooked. Never outshine your supervisor. Make him or her shine better than ever. While you are at it lift up your employees. It gives them confidence in themselves and buy-in into the project. People with haughty eyes see themselves as smarter than everyone else. This pitfall is one you never want to fall into. You might ask how will anyone know what you have done? God knows and so do others. If you follow God’s teachings on being humble, you will find your whole life falls into place. The rewards are beyond measure.
I urge you to try magnifying others today. God bless you.