This Verse Will Keep You Humble!

Posted on February 10, 2020


By David Ettinger

Not Inherently Good
Sometimes we believers get a little too full of ourselves. We compare ourselves with unbelievers and note how much better we think we are. In truth, believers are not better than anyone, though regarding eternity, we are better off.

But thinking we are better than unbelievers is a delusion which has afflicted God’s people for centuries. It began with the ancient Israelites and has carried through to the present. Regarding Israel, God at times had to remind His Chosen People that there was nothing natural, or innate, about them which warranted their “chosenness.”

Deuteronomy 7:7 is an example of this: “The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.” Even by the world’s standards, Israel in its infancy was not impressive. Of itself, Israel was undeserving of the grace and mercy God bestowed upon it.

Personalize It
Do you at times also overrate yourself? Though you may by nature be humble, do you once in a while regard yourself a little too favorably?

If so – or not, but hope you never do – Deuteronomy 7:7 is a great verse to keep you grounded. It is a great verse to apply to yourself. For instance, take the beginning of the verse and then cut it off: “The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more __________________ than other people …”  

How would you fill in the blank? I would need several gaps. In personalizing Deuteronomy 7:7, I would do it this way:

The Lord did not set his affection on me and choose me because I am tall [I’m short]; handsome [I’m far below average looking]; a good speaker/teacher [I have a slight lisp and use way too many “ums”]; or was a good Jew growing up [I was an atheist and among the worst of my family].

I’m not being too hard on myself! There is no good reason why God would save me because of anything within me. He saved me because it was His plan to do so, and He saved me IN SPITE of me and not BECAUSE of me. If it depended solely on human considerations, I would never have “made it.”

Humility Restoration!
Of course God doesn’t want you chastising yourself and belittling yourself; He wants you to accept His free gift of salvation with gratitude, and always be forging on for Him. But every once in a while it is not a bad idea to briefly take an honest look at yourself – particularly your weaknesses – and thank God for saving you DESPITE these failings.

And just in case you ever do find yourself getting a little too full of yourself, take a step back, recite Deuteronomy 7:7 out loud, and then alter it to custom-fit you.

That will restore you to humility in a hurry!