God is the author of our humility, not we. He takes the first step. The context for the biblical command to "humble yourself" is never bright, sunny, carefree days. It's always conflict, discomfort, suffering, pain, chaos. First, God's humbling hand descends. He takes the initiative. Then the question comes: Now, will you humble yourself? Will you welcome and receive his uncomfortable, even painful, work or try to explain it away or even kick back against it? Humbling ourselves is not something we decide to do in our spare time or for self-improvement in a few simple steps. Humility is a work of God. His hand does the humbling. Then he gives us the dignity of acknowledging and welcoming his work, and humbling ourselves.
(Source: Workers For Your Joy)