Re: Verse reading—1 Samuel 9 & 10 (day three)
Is not my clan the least of all the clans?
Self-abasement is not the same thing as humility. The former stems from a deep-seated despair that one’s inner defectiveness relegates him to a status of low regard in the eyes of others. The latter comes from a wisdom that knows that one’s inner beauty will arouse impulses in him to use that beauty as a manipulative tool or an excuse for self-seeking, and that those impulses will be checked only by a regard for the welfare of others. Self-abasement masquerades as humility for a while. But humility will always welcome others. Self-abasement will eventually blame others for one’s own despair. The more power a person has, the deadlier the blame becomes. Witness the life of the son of Kish. There is no substitute for humility.