“But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: ‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’” (James 4:6)
In today’s verse, James presents to us a fundamental biblical principle; that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. This principle applies to everyone, believer and unbeliever alike.
There is no place for pride in our lives, because everything we have has been given to us by God, “… what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). We all struggle with pride. It is deep within us, and it rears its ugly head in countless ways. When it does, it brings resistance from God. “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).
Humility on the other hand, brings grace from God. Andrew Murray, in his classic book entitled “Humility,” wrote that humility is “the only root from which the graces can grow, and the one indispensable condition of true fellowship with Jesus.” He wrote that humility is “the root of very virtue,” and that pride “is the root of every sin and evil.”
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit…’” (Isaiah 57:15).
Jesus opened His Sermon on the Mount with “Blessed are the poor in spirit (the humble), For theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). He seems to be saying that humility is the key to all blessing.
How do we cultivate humility in our lives? Look at the perfect example of Jesus. Study His life, His words, and His ways. Acknowledge and confess the sin of pride in our lives, and “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).
Question: Would people who know you best describe you as humble?
Challenge: Read, meditate on, and memorize Philippians 2:5-8
Prayer: Father, we acknowledge and confess our pride, and ask that our lives would be marked by true, Christ-like humility.
James Fullan, Chapel Leader -- Clinton LumberKings