“Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:” – Psalms 10:17
Humility wins God’s favor. I’ve often said that favor is something acquired, whereas favoritism is something unjustly given. Through out scripture we see the great works done for the Kingdom of God by those who have gained God’s favor. Some we see acquiring more favor than others.
Joseph with his coat of many colors, for example, had more favor with God then his brothers, his cell mates, and all of Egypt. Why? When we look at his life we see a man brought through many trials, yet he remained humble. His humility caused him to be a man of integrity, servitude, and obedience to God no matter what he faced. This spirit of humility is what granted Joseph such great favor with God, for God knows that He can trust the humbled heart, therefor He will choose to empower and use the humble.
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter 5:6
Besides the fact that God can only truly trust the humble, humility is required for salvation and repentance. Through the pride of believing the serpents lie that we could “be as God”, man fell to sin and only through the humility of renouncing that lie can we be redeemed from it. Jesus Christ Himself gave us this example, humbling Himself from Godhood to the most shameful form of persecution, slander, and death. All for the sake of the salvation of others that we might lose all justification for pride, selfishness, self esteem, self rule, self will, self deity, and self validation.
“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:” – Philippians 2:3-9
So in conclusion, if you want to be trusted by God more, that you might gain more of His favor and be used more by Him, it’s simple. Be more humble. For it is by selfless humility that we put our trust in Him that He might put His trust in us. When we humble ourselves to Him and His will we show Him that we are releasing faith to trust and obey Him. He then, in turn releases His grace (which is by definition: His favor and power) back to us to empower us to do great works for Him. The more we humble ourselves, the more favor and power He grants us by way of His Grace.
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith….” – Ephesians 2:7-8
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6