Thursday, March 25th, 2010
"The very haughtiness of earthling man will humble him, but he that is humble in spirit will take hold of glory." (Proverbs 29:23)
The example of Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant, demonstrates the role of humility in following Jehovah’s guidance. When Sarah continued childless, she gave Hagar to Abraham, and Hagar became pregnant with Abraham’s child. Then, Hagar became arrogant toward her barren mistress. As a result, Sarah “began to humiliate her,” and Hagar ran away. An angel of Jehovah met Hagar and told her: “Return to your mistress and humble yourself under her hand.” (Genesis 16:2, 6, 8, 9) Perhaps Hagar would have preferred some other guidance. To act according to the angel’s direction, she would have to abandon her arrogant attitude. Nevertheless, Hagar humbly did as the angel said, and her son, Ishmael, was born in the security of his father’s encampment. Following Jehovah’s guidance might mean that we too have to humble ourselves.
(Watchtower issue: 4/15/08, 2:14, 15)