The previous post in this series may be found here: https://memoirandremains.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/the-unsearchable-riches-of-christ-6/
Brooks comes to a fourth aspect of a humble Christian:
A fourth property of an humble heart is this, An humble heart will submit to every truth of God, that is made known to it; even to those divine truths that are most cross to flesh and blood.
Humility is not passivity; it actively seeks conformity to God’s will. Humility does not seek the easiest way but must and will run over the flesh (the nature inclination of human nature) to meet God’s command. Brooks gives the example of Cornelius who sought the word of the Lord from Peter without qualification:
30 And Cornelius said, “Four days ago, about this hour, I was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing
31 and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God.
32 Send therefore to Joppa and ask for Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea.’
33 So I sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” Acts 10:30-33.
The humility of Cornelius actively sought the word of God that he might hear that “commanded by the Lord.” Brooks describes the heart of Cornelius as follows:
We are not here to hear what may tickle our ears, or please our fancies, or satisfy our lusts. No; but we are here to hear what God will say. Our hearts stand ready pressed to subject themselves to whatever God shall declare to be his will. We are willing to hear what we may do, that we may obey sincerely and universally the good pleasure of our God, knowing that it is as well our dignity as our duty so to do.
Brooks defines humility as having the strength to “cross flesh and blood.” In that respect he gives the example of Aaron following the death by God of his sons who crossed God and offered “strange fire”:
1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them.
2 And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.
3 Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD has said: ‘Among those who are near me I will be sanctified, and before all the people I will be glorified.'” And Aaron held his peace. Leviticus 10:1-3)
The “natural” response of one in Aaron’s place would be to be angry at God for killing his sons. Yet, when Aaron hears the word of God, that ‘s God honor and holiness matter more than all else.
Thus, humility will seek the word of God (Cornelius) and conform even though it cross the most profound natural inclinations. To think this through further consider pride. Pride seeks its own. It is pride that stands us against the will of God. Only pride provokes us to the insanity to stand against our Creator.