More on humility.
Third, humility is being teachable.
This is related to the second aspect, thinking we know better than God. When we experience God’s chastening, be it through the Word convicting us, through some event, or someone confronting/rebuking us, our response shows our humility or lack of it.
As it says in Proverbs 9:8-10, “Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you. Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning. The fear of the LORD [obeying Him rather than man or self] is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
A humble response was demonstrated to me by a fellow worker in one place I served. He made a decision which had a negative effect on several of us. I strode into his office and told him that this was wrong and why. His response was, “Thank you so much for telling me this; I will consider it.” That humble, teachable attitude took the wind out of my sails, and I went away blessed by this man’s humility.
If we react negatively to the challenges of life, we can be sure we lack humility. When we respond with a teachable spirit, we honor God and open the way for growth.
God is in the process of refining us through difficulties (are we going to cooperate?) so He can give us more rewards in Heaven: “…for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.(1 Peter 1:6-7).
So let us consciously grow in humility, choosing to think His thoughts, shifting to His worldview. Let us see ourselves in the full-orbed way God does, in both our natural depravity and our supernatural holiness. Let us submit our intellect to His Word and ways. And let us be teachable.