Vol. 7, No. 6
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Humility is not an easy thing to have. It is not always easy putting yourself second to other people. Pride is not a good thing in the Bible. God does not want any of us to have pride. Pride makes one think of himself as better than another person. Humility means not thinking too highly of oneself.
It would be easy for God to have pride. He created the universe. He upholds all things with his Word. He is all-powerful and all-knowing.
But God is full of love. He wants the best for man. He looks down on man and desires to help man. "Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high. Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth" (Psalm 113:5-6).
He loves man so much he is even willing to serve man. "For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, to save him from those that condemn his soul" (Psalm 109:31). By picturing himself standing on our right hand, he is showing that he is ready for action on our behalf. He is willing to save us. He will be there when we need him.
What a wonderful God he is. Even though he is over all creation, he is willing to humble himself and be interested in our lives.
Read your Bible. Study it. Learn to be humble like our God.
Have you ever known an old person who was not a nice person? Perhaps this person was mean. Perhaps this person was always finding something to complain about. Perhaps this person did not like to talk to people. Perhaps this person said he did not like anyone else. Perhaps this person talked with bad language.
No one wants to be around someone like that. That kind of person does not influence anyone else for good.
In Psalm 92:14, we read, "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing." This is in reference to the righteous person. Any old person who says he is a righteous person will not be like the individual described in our first paragraph.
The words "fat and flourishing" basically mean "full of sap and green." This gives the picture of a healthy tree that invites people to sit under it for shade or pick the fruit that is on it. The righteous individual should be of such character that people will want to be around him.
People should find that they are given wise words, that they are given kind and loving words, that they are given encouragement, that they are given comfort by the old righteous person. Even in old age, there is spiritual fruit that can be produced. By their example, young people should be encouraged to do what is right.
Even though the old person may have many and various physical ailments, he can be very healthy and fruitful spiritually.
Study your Bible. Put it to work in your life. Make sure that you properly prepare yourself to be fat and flourishing in your old age. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.