Consider the actions of the son and the father in the story of the prodigal son. The son returned home covered in pig slop, which was an apt metaphor for all the messes we make in life. Nothing like a little barnyard stench to get you feeling humble. But once humbled, the son presented himself to his father, admitted his mistake, and asked for a job as a slave with no privileges. Instead of blasting his son for blowing all his inheritance on wine, women, and song, the father ran to him, melted into his arms, and called for a celebration: “This son of mine was dead and has now returned to life,” he proclaimed (Luke 15:24, NLT)
Everything changed for the son because he was willing to humble himself before the truth of his circumstances and before his father, who was waiting eagerly for him to return.
When men get it–really get it–that God, who is superior in all ways, also cares deeply for them, humility finds a home in their hearts.