God rewards the humble

God has two thrones – one in the highest heavens and the other in the humblest hearts. A truly humble man is hard to find, yet when God finds one, He delights in him.

Booker T Washington, the acclaimed and the most popular black educator of his time, known also as an outstanding example of truthfulness and dedication took over as president of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.

One day while walking down the streets in simple attire, a wealthy white lady stopped him and asked if he would like to chop some logs and earn a few dollars. Professor Washington smiled and proceeded with her to do the humble chore. He carried the logs into the house and stacked them by the fireplace. A little girl at home recognised him and later revealed his identity to the lady.

The next morning the embarassed woman went to see Washington in his office at the Institute and apologised profusely. "It's perfectly all right, madam," he replied. "Occasionally I enjoy a little manual labour. Besides, it is always a delight to do something for a friend and humble myself too.”

Not long afterward she showed her admiration for his humility by persuading some wealthy acquaintances to join her in donating thousands of dollars to the Tuskegee Institute.

The scriptures say: “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and he will lift you up”(James 4:10).  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.(Mathew 23:12)

Wakefield tells the story of the famous inventor, Samuel Morse, who was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn't know what to do. Morse responded: "More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding."

Morse received many honors for his invention of the telegraph but humbled himself while receiving these honours saying he was underserving . "I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He  was pleased to reveal it to me."

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