Remembering Brings Humility

Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.  My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

Lamentations 3:19-20

The book of Lamentations is a very sad book.  It’s name is accurate – it is Jeremiah’s lamenting the fall of Judah.  For the first two chapters, he goes through the sad state of the nation and tells of the judgment that God is bringing on them.  In the third chapter, he tells of his own experience, which has not been a good one.  In these verses, he tells us that he remembers his affliction and his misery.  And he tells us that remembering these things humbles his soul.

I started thinking about that statement and, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense.  Remembering really does help to humble us.  Jeremiah is here remembering his pain and misery, caused by the sin of his nation.  I’m sure that we can all remember pain and misery that has come into our lives because of sin.  Our sins can be forgiven and covered by the blood of Jesus Christ, and we should not continually dwell on them and be defeated by them.  But remembering our past failures and remembering the Lord’s mercy on us will give us a healthy dose of humility.

On the other hand, I think that even remembering our successes can help us with humility if and when we realize that any success we may have had has been due entirely to God’s mercy and grace.  When we remember just how helpless we are and how totally dependent we are on Him, we have no choice but to be humble.  Pride has no place in our hearts when we have a proper view of ourselves and of our Lord.

Jeremiah was humbled by his “remembrance”.  We should be, too.

7 responses to this post.

  1. Very goo post this is my first visit but I will return,I love your style short and straight to the point.Have a wonderful evening and a good weekend.
    Love ya 😀 😀

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  2. Thanks Ben,

    “On the other hand, I think that even remembering our successes can help us with humility if and when we realize that any success we may have had has been due entirely to God’s mercy and grace.  When we remember just how helpless we are and how totally dependent we are on Him, we have no choice but to be humble.”

    You have raised some very deep issues here, Teacher Ben. It is truly not about us at all. “If it had not been for the Lord on my side, where would I be?”. I try to make a habit of giving Him thanks lest I forget Whose arm carried me. I try my best to daily lay all at His feet lest I become tricked into thinking I can manage on my own or that my success is as a result of my own strength .

    I have posted my all time favorite song before . There’s a line that says “no matter how high I get , I’ll still be looking up to You.” That is the testimony I sing.

    Thanks for the reminder that He is the source and it is in Him we live and move and have our being.

    Blessings to you, Ben. I so appreciate this post.

    Reflective,
    Ann

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    • Editing done. 🙂 I find it so easy to fall into the trap of forgetting Who carried me and Who is in control. Maybe I’m worse at it because I’m a guy and we sometimes have problems wanting to “fix” everything ourselves. 🙂 But it doesn’t work and the sooner I remember who is in control, the better off I am. And that is a great song. I’ve heard it before but it’s been a while!

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  3. Ben,

    Please edit above for me … That isnthe testimony I sing…. the ‘n’ should have been a space. 🙂

    Here’s the song…

    No Matter How High I Get – Barnes Family

    Blessings,
    ann

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  4. Thank you, Ben, for pointing out to us how remembering can help us stay humble! Staying humble before Him gives me more joyful times to look back on and remember. 🙂 God bless you for doing these posts each day.
    And thank you Ann-full-of-grace for the song! 🙂

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