Humility before God begins with a right recognition of who God is and who I am, and this right recognition is grounded in Creation and the Fall.
In creation, we are reminded that God is the Creator and we are his creation. God exists by himself, but we exist only because God made us. God is not dependent on anything, but we are entirely dependent upon God. So a right recognition of who God is and who I am is a recognition that God is the Creator and I am his creation. He is God and I am not.
In the Fall, we are reminded that there is a great moral divide between us. God is holy, without blemish or spot. He is absolutely perfect and without sin. And I am not. I am a sinner. I fail to love God as I should. I fail to love people as I should. I think thoughts I ought not think. I say words I ought not say. I do things I ought not do. Even my best deeds are tainted with sin. With Paul we say that all our righteousness is rubbish. We cannot begin to meet God’s holiness. So a right recognition of who God is and who I am is a recognition that God is holy and I am not.
A right recognition then means that God is greater than I am in both the realms of reality and morality. The starting point of humility before God is keeping this recognition in mind throughout each day. God is greater than I am. God is my Creator and I am his creation. God is holy and I am not. The more I recognize and believe these truths, the more I should respond rightly to them; that is, the more I should walk in humility.
Humility is found in a right recognition which leads to a right response. We will explore that right response in the next post.