Pristine Grace

Remarks on Humility
by William Romaine
Remarks on Humility

     A humble man can come to no harm; he will be ever trusting in the Lord because he finds nothing in himself to trust in, while he gives great glory to God by trusting much in Him. God gives him great grace, and this is to keep alive an abiding sense of what he is in himself; to show him his ignorance and helplessness, to open him daily more of the mystery of iniquity, to discover to him the stirrings of corruption which others feel not, and to make him sensible of these, even in duties and ordinances, that he may loath himself and his very best works. These are the fruits of true grace, and he that is under the teachings of the Holy Spirit will abound in them. The more God does in the heart, the more He humbles it. The great design of His grace is to bring the proud sinner low, and then to keep him low. 

     When He hath brought us low, we do not like to be kept there, we want to get up again: our foolish desire is, that He may do something in us for which we have a good opinion of ourselves; and so with this thought we are apt to wish, 0 that I were more holy! 0 that I could pray better! 0 that I was more spiritual in duties! 0 that I was thankful enough! If you could come to the true nature of these wishes (precious as they appear), you would find them to spring from the secret workings of a proud, self-righteous spirit; take off their cloak of holiness, and their meaning is this, "I wish God would give me something for which I might be pleased with myself." If this was the case, would not the eye be turned inward upon this very good self, and be drawn off from looking unto Jesus? And so far as self is made something, Christ is made nothing! You may depend upon this as one of the surest axioms of divinity: Whatsoever it be that makes you pleased with yourself, that is not true grace, and whatsoever makes you displeased with yourself, is not true grace, unless it bring you humble to Christ and makes you put more trust in Him. 

     The Lord teach you these things practically. I have learned them by long experience. Though I know but little, yet I am getting on in Christ's school, and hope soon to be in the lowest form, for there we learn most and fastest; we there depend entirely upon the teaching of our Divine Master, who reveals His secrets to none but babes. A new-born babe depends on the care of its parents, so must we depend on God, on Christ our Prophet and Teacher- and when we are brought thus humble, He will then make known to us what He hides from the wise and prudent. I would therefore wish you the humblest man upon earth: then, not only you may know most, but love most. He that feels his sins and miseries, his vileness and unprofitableness, with the deepest loathings of then is in the fittest way to love Christ. If he is an experienced believer, the feelings of these sins and miseries will make Christ more precious; the more he finds of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, the more will he trust in Christ's righteousness; and the more misery he knows, the more he desires salvation: all will make Jesus more dear and lovely. His own vileness sets forth Christ's grace; his unworthiness the worthiness of the Lamb, the sufficiency of Jesus, who is all in all.