May 31, 2024


Proverbs 16:19 - It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud.


Proverbs 16:19 teaches us the importance of humility. The verse states, "It is better to be of a lowly spirit with the poor than to divide the spoil with the proud." This proverb contrasts two different attitudes and lifestyles - one of humility and one of pride. The humble person is content to live simply among the poor, while the proud person seeks wealth and status. The Bible consistently warns against the dangers of pride. Proverbs 16:18 says that pride goes before destruction. God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). Jesus taught that whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 14:11). True humility comes from recognizing our complete dependence on God. It's understanding that everything we have is a gift from Him. The humble person doesn't think less of himself, but he thinks of himself less. Humility is not weakness, but rather strength under control. It takes great strength to choose the lowly place, to put others first, to not demand our own way. God wants His people to be marked by humility, not pride. The world may celebrate pride, self-promotion and arrogance. But God's kingdom operates on different values. He lifts up the humble and opposes the proud. As we walk humbly with our God, content with what He has given us, we will experience the richness of His presence and grace in our lives.


This proverb about humility strikes at the core of our human nature. Pride is one of the most insidious and destructive sins. It was pride that caused Satan's downfall from heaven. It was pride that led to Adam and Eve's disobedience in the garden. Pride says, "I will be like the Most High" (Isaiah 14:14). Pride seeks to usurp God's rightful place and put self on the throne. But humility is the antidote to pride. Humility recognizes that God is God and we are not. Everything we have is a gift from His hand. Any strengths, talents or resources we possess are ultimately from Him and for Him. Humility is not thinking less of ourselves, but thinking of ourselves less. It's being so God-conscious that we become less self-conscious. Jesus is the ultimate example of humility. Though He was God, He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. Instead, He humbled Himself and became a servant, even to the point of death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). Jesus didn't just teach about humility; He embodied it perfectly. He calls us to follow in His humble footsteps. Pursuing humility goes against our natural bent toward pride. The world encourages us to promote ourselves, to climb the ladder of success, to seek our own glory. But God's kingdom operates on the principle that the last will be first, the least will be the greatest. He invites us to take the lowly place, to serve others, to give Him all the glory. This doesn't mean we have to live in abject poverty. But it does mean holding our time, talents and treasures with an open hand before the Lord. It means being content and grateful for what He has given us. It means valuing people over possessions and relationships over riches. It means boasting only in the cross. As we walk in humility, we will experience a depth of relationship with God that the proud will never know. He draws near to the humble in heart. Humility paves the way for greater grace and intimacy with our Creator and Redeemer. Though the world may despise the lowly way, it's the path to true spiritual riches. So let's ask God to expose any pride in our hearts and to give us the grace to walk humbly with Him. May we follow our Savior's example of selfless, sacrificial love. In a world intoxicated with self, may our lives point others to the glory and goodness of our great God.


Heavenly Father, Your Word tells us that You oppose the proud but give grace to the humble. I confess the pride that so often wells up within me. Forgive me for the times I've sought my own glory rather than Yours. Forgive me for thinking more highly of myself than I ought. Thank You for the amazing example of humility we see in Jesus. Though He was God, He emptied Himself and took on the form of a servant. Help me to walk in His humble footsteps. Teach me what it means to have a lowly spirit, to be content in whatever circumstances I find myself. Help me to hold my time, talents and treasures with an open hand before You. May I value people over possessions and relationships over riches. Keep my heart from the love of money and from selfish ambition. I want to boast only in the cross of Christ. I want my life to point others to Your surpassing worth. Draw near to me as I humble myself before You. Remind me that the last will be first and the least will be the greatest in Your kingdom. Thank You that as I humble myself under Your mighty hand, You will exalt me at the proper time. I pray this in the name of my humble Savior and King, Jesus. Amen.

Generated Image(s)

Humility's Radiance - The lowly spirit shines brighter than the spoils of the proud.

Humility's Radiance - The lowly spirit shines brighter than the spoils of the proud.

This image was generated by AI from the devotion text.