Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ (Isa 58:3 ESV)
We have been talking about expectations and their importance. What if you do everything expected of you and it goes unnoticed? Now that is frustrating, isn’t it? What if God doesn’t notice? Disheartening.
Humility is one of those things expected of us as believers. It is the natural response to the true knowledge of the Holy One. But when it is done because we “have” to do it, we expect something in return. When we humble ourselves in response to the presence of God, it is all we need. It doesn’t need accolade, the activity is the reward.
The incarnation is our model. Jesus humbled himself, and in a sense, no one noticed. He died alone. there is a promise associated with true humility, God promises to lift us up, in His time.
“For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being,” declares the LORD. “But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. (Isa 66:2 NAS)