Daily Reflections

Taking a Biggish Step Toward Humility

March 15, 2024 Mary Kassian

Look, I am against you, you arrogant one . . . for your day has come, the time when I will punish you. —Jeremiah 50:31

Babylon was the largest, most spectacular city of the ancient world—a city of incredible beauty, wealth, and power. But the city had one major flaw: its rulers and people were arrogant (Jer. 50:31). In pride, the Babylonians promoted their own honor and relied on their own strength (Hab. 1:7, 11).

What about you? Is your heart filled with pride or with humility? C.S. Lewis once said, “If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too.”1

Isaiah 47:5–10 outlines some of the prideful attitudes of the Babylonians, like self-promotion, self-righteousness, self-indulgence, and self- reliance. You can take your own “biggish step” toward humility by reading this passage and asking God to show you whether you’re guilty of these faulty attitudes. As you examine your own heart on an ongoing basis, you’ll gain a new understanding of humility—and an increased desire to pursue it.

1 C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 2001), 128.


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Make it Personal

Read Isaiah 47:5–10. What, if any, of these prideful attitudes are present in your heart?