Edwin and Lillian Harvey, authors of the compilation Royal Insignia, included quotations from many authors, preachers, and missionaries who discovered by personal experience that pride is, as J. N. Darby puts it, “the greatest of all evils that beset us. “And,” Darby continues, “of all our enemies it is that which dies the slowest and hardest; even the children of the world are able to discern this. Madam de Stael said on her deathbed, ‘Do you know what is the last to die in man? It is “self-love.”’
Deepest Humblings in the Presence of the Highest One
“As we draw nearer to God,” says Helena Garratt, “and better understand His ways, we learn to make records according to His mind. We begin to count His humiliations, His testings, His chastenings, as our most cherished spiritual experiences. The saint who has had the best year in God’s sight is not the one who has had an easy path, or has achieved the highest success; not the one whose praises filled the lips of men, but the one who has known the deepest humblings in the presence of the Highest One, and who has bowed lowest at His feet. The Lord Jesus said, ‘Whosoever shall humble himself . . . the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
Walk as He Walked.
Royal Insignia, compiled by Edwin and Lillian Harvey, contains many inspiring quotations on varied aspects of humility which, as the title suggests, is the badge of every true believer in Christ. The following excerpts are on the subject of nothingness, a subject none too popular in today’s culture but indispensible, nevertheless, to those of us who strive to follow in our Master’s footsteps.
Royal Insignia, The Low Door of the Cross
Royal Insignia is a collection of 98 two-page readings on the subject of humility and is compiled by Edwin and Lillian Harvey. One of these readings is entitled “The low door of the cross,” and contains a poem written by Annie Johnson Flint who was barred from entering her chosen career as a concert pianist by crippling arthritis.
“Oh, straight and narrow is the door,
The little door of loss,
By which we enter in to Christ,
The low door of the Cross:
But when we put away our pride,
And in contrition come,
We find it is the only way
That leads to God and Home.
Humility, Brokenness, Lowliness
“Is it wrong, the wish to be great?” asks young Willie of his father in George MacDonald’s poem “Willie’s Question. ” The following two stanzas are taken from the end of the poem and summarize the father’s response:
“The Man Who was Lord of fate,
Born in an ox’s stall,
Was great because He was much too great
To care about greatness at all. . . .
Royal Insignia: William Shakespeare and George MacDonald
The following quotation from Shakespeare’s Henry the Eighth, contains a truth that is reiterated time after time in Scripture:
“His overthrow heaped happiness upon him;
For then, and not till then, he felt himself,
And found the blessedness of being little!”
The Venom of Pride, A little push downwards
“He that is down needs fear no fall;
He that is low no pride;
He that is humble, ever shall
Have God to be his guide.”
—John Bunyan. Royal Insignia, p. 66