From the Pit to the Palace: A Lesson in Humility

One of the greatest of our founding fathers has to be without a doubt George Washington. I’m sure that most – if not all of us here this morning – would agree with that. However, what was it that made George Washington so great?

One writer has said, “…the first President reflected a Statesman more than reflecting a Politician. Perhaps the most significant difference between a ‘statesman’ and a politician is that the former wished to serve his country; the latter is more interested in serving himself at the expense of the country…To be sure, Washington had many flaws; but for the new Americans, his humbleness overshadowed any discrepancies he possessed. Indeed, his humility was as much, perhaps even more so, a part of his greatness.”

George Washington himself said, “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”
Unfortunately, humility doesn’t seem to be a character trait that is much in vogue in our world today although people will readily acknowledge it as a worthwhile character trait.

“Humility is the first of the virtues…for other people.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

This morning, we have just read from Genesis chapter 41 the results of humility. We have seen in these words the culmination of Joseph’s path from the pit to the palace. That path, while at times treacherous and painful, was a path that could only be found through humility.

Message preached on Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Pastor Campbell. Click here for Pastor Campbell’s sermon notes.

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