We are told that there can be no progress without humility. This idea is confusing to many at first, and it almost always encounters a stubborn resistance in us. "What!" we say, "am I supposed to be a submissive slave to my situation and accept everything that comes, however humiliating?"
True humility does not mean meek surrender to an ugly, destructive way of life. It means surrender to God's will, which is quite a different thing. Humility prepares us for the realization of God's will for us; it shows us the benefits we gain from doing away with self-will. We finally understand how this self-will has actually contributed to our distress.
The attitude of true humility confers dignity and grace on us, and strengthens us to take intelligent spiritual action in solving our problems.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God. . . . casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you. He giveth grace to the humble." (1st Peter)