It’s Hard (But Good) to Be Humbled

For as long as I can remember, my favorite colors have been red and purple. The color red is associated with boldness and passion, and the color purple is associated with royalty and wisdom.

I also think that these words- bold, passionate, royal, and wise- also perfectly describe the Queen of Sheba.

Now, a week ago, if you asked me about the Queen of Sheba, I would respond with a confused expression and a questioning, “Who?”

But about a week ago, that changed. With a regal, purple cover, and gold print, the book caught my eye. It was titled, “It’s Good to Be Queen,” and told the story of the Queen of Sheba. I cracked open the book. And. Couldn’t. Stop. Reading.

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It was a wonderful book, written by Liz Curtis Higgs, and today I’m going to share about one part of the book that touched me.


The book starts with the story of the Queen of Sheba (aka Sheba), who, as written in 1 Kings, hears of the wisdom of Solomon, and travels very far to test his wisdom and learn from him about many things. Bringing gifts of spices, gold, and precious stones, Sheba is delighted to stay in Solomon’s palace and learn about his God. After learning much from Solomon, Sheba decides to follow God and returns to her home country.

Liz really delves deep into the story of Sheba, and notes some important virtues that Sheba possesses.

For example, It’s Good to Be Humbled. Now, Sheba was a wealthy queen, but after seeing “all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offering he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.”  (1 Kings 10: 4-5)

In Liz’s words, “It is one thing to be humble, to willingly bow our heads and hearts, just as the Word tells us: ‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand.’ But it’s something else again to be humbled. To get knocked down a peg.

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Sheba was humbled after seeing how God had blessed Solomon. She probably felt a little intimidated. As a queen, she was used to humbling others, not being humbled herself.

Because of sin in the world, I don’t want to be humbled. I want to do things my own way, be picked first, get noticed. I get a sense of superiority. I think of myself too highly, and I feel silly when I am humbled. When I meet someone, and I see how they are gifted and close to God and intelligent, I feel intimidated. I feel like I don’t measure up. As Liz says, I “get knocked down a peg.”

Then God speaks to me, in my heart. He says, Lydia. I have made you special. You shouldn’t compare yourselves to others. But when you begin to think of yourself too highly, you lose your connection with Me. You might think that you don’t need Me in your life. That is why you must be humbled. 

I thank God for reminding me of who I am- a servant of God. We as humans were created to share the Gospel, love others, and spread the glory of God. (Notice that I said that we should glorify God, NOT ourselves.)

Like Sheba, Jesus sets an example- the ultimate example- of being humbled. He “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:8)

Jesus humbled Himself from the very beginning. As the King of Kings, He came down to Earth, the place of sin and death, to be born to a teenager, in a barn, and laid in a manger. He served others all throughout His life, eventually dying on a cross to save us, poor sinners.

Don’t you think that if the Lord, the most perfect human being to ever walk the Earth, humbled Himself, we should be humbled as well? Jesus had every reason to act superior and look down on others. But He didn’t.

Although it can be very hard, we need to follow Sheba and Jesus’ example. We need to be humbled. We need to let go of our pride. When we humble ourselves, we become closer to God.

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It’s Good to Be Humbled is just one chapter in “It’s Good to Be Queen.” In the book, Liz Curtis Higgs explains what Sheba did, how she acted, and why we should follow her great example.

I highly recommend “It’s Good to Be Queen” to you. It is a well-written, interesting book. You can buy it on Amazon by clicking here. You can also buy it at my mom’s shop by clicking here.

I’m linking up with my mom’s #TellHisStory

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8 thoughts on “It’s Hard (But Good) to Be Humbled

  1. I’m so glad to be linked up next to you…and what great timing. My copy of Liz’s book just came in the mail. I am on the “disabled list” for several weeks due to recent knee surgery. Wanting to make the most of my down time, I thought her book looked like a great read and I love her style. Your review is just further confirmation that I need to crack it open and get reading!!
    Blessings to you,
    Bev

  2. Hi Lydia, I’m so glad we are neighbors on #TellHisStory so that I saw this post. I’ve had my eye on this book and am thrilled to hear more. It just sounds so intriguing.

    And then I clicked on the link to your “mom’s shop” and realized you are THE Lydia we’ve read so much about. So glad to “meet you.”

    Thanks for such a great look inside the covers. This is going on my fall reading list for sure!

  3. Wonderful review, Lydia! This is one of the books my church is considering using for a women’s retreat (middle school age to 80 plus), so I am glad to hear what you thought of it.
    I needed to hear these words today: “It’s good to be humbled.” Not just inevitable or necessary, but good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on humility

  4. Wow, Lydia, that post really made me cry. I really need to see what I am truly doing things for. Am I doing my blog to build up myself or for God?
    Honestly, I always try to keep God in the focus, but I can get strayed at times.
    Anyways, it can be painful to run a blog, if you think of it. There are only a few consistent readers, my blog doesn’t get shared around as much (it’s amazing that you can get about 30 FaceBook likes per post, when I’ve only had a total of three), and people I promote no one checks out. Then I start to feel a little selfish and whatnot. I can feel like I’m not doing enough and try to scheme ways how to promote others and get people over to my blog.
    But then I need to stop and think for a moment.
    I remember there was a month where traffic was really, really low. And I was quite depressed. It was a tough month on me. But I had to have a little talk with God and think things over with him. Was I doing the blog for myself or for him. From then on (not that I didn’t before so), I tried to let God take the center stage.
    Since then, I have had really differing traffic. I range from 20-50 visitors a day, when it was increasing and more narrow before the summer days. But I don’t care as much. It’s all in God’s control (and I like it)!
    Wow, that was an ApologetiX reference! And your post reminded me of a song from them called “Sheba.” 😀
    Anyways, keep blogging for the glory of God!
    God bless you!
    Oh, I do want to say that I wish I could check out every (good) book that came flashing in front of my face. So, unfortunately, I don’t know when I will check out the book. But I will say that when I can, I will!
    I do get frustrated that when I review things, it doesn’t always seem like people are interested, even if I do a giveaway. But, who knows? Besides, they can’t check out everything themselves. But the should be able to enter in my giveaways, right?

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