Who wants to be a mouse?
Isn’t that the essence of humility? A creature so small it has no power or influence on things around it?
Like I said, who wants to be a mouse?
Whoa! For starters, a mouse has a great deal of power. No, it doesn’t roar in our face or trample us down on the street. Yes, it runs when we catch it in the open, and it scampers for a place of safety.
Here’s what a mouse can do. It can take our weakest links and make them our strongest strengths. How? Mice and humans share over 97 percent of their DNA. Research in the 1990s suggested that reassembling the mouse genome in a different order can give us a rough human genome.
Mice might one day be the salvation of humanity’s physical ills.
Imagine that. The humble mouse is a great warrior in the field of research.
Here’s how humility benefits us.
Matthew 18:4 says we become greater in God’s eyes.
“Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Psalm 10:17 tells us God listens more closely to our prayers.
“O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear.”
Matthew 23:12 promises we will be lifted to greater heights.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Isaiah 57:15 assures us God will revive our spirit when we humble ourselves before him.
“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Like the humble mouse who has become important to mankind, we become important to God when we humble ourselves before him.
Here’s a summary of the benefits of humility.
- God treasures us.
- God listens to our prayers.
- God lifts us up.
- God revives us.
That’s reason enough to fall to our knees and worship him. When we do, God draws us close to him.
We are lifted above our situation when we move closer to God.
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