“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
Pride has a pungent smell before God; it irritates Him. God sees the proud afar off, but He respects the humble. Evidently, pride puts God off. He shrinks from pride but is attracted to humility. Today’s opening Scripture shows us that every one of us has the responsibility to humble himself before God. Humility is not what someone else does for you; neither is it what God is willing to do for you. You are the one to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. When God makes people humble, it is always unto humiliation. He throws them down from their false heights unto less than they were before exalting themselves. You don’t want God to make you humble, do you? You would rather have God exalt you, not demote you, right? Don’t wait for God to humble you; that will no longer be humility but humiliation. Daniel Chapter 4 shows us how Nebuchadnezzar was humiliated by God because he would not humble himself.
Beloved, humble yourself before God. Say to Him “Lord, I thank you for all you’ve blessed me with, and I give you all the praise and glory for them.” Be thankful and grateful to God for who He is and what He does in your life. Acknowledge God for who He is and what He does by giving thanks and worship continually to Him. Pride is never grateful to God for His blessings because it is deceived to believe that it worked for them; they are perceived as products of its hard work, not the blessings of God. Never fall into this error. Lifting comes from God; He is the Lifter up of our head. Humble yourself and God will lift you beyond what the best of your effort can do.
Never find yourself listening to the Word of God with a haughty spirit; that kind of attitude is repulsive to God. That’s the reason why the Scripture tells us that God resists the proud. Be deliberate in receiving the Word with meekness, for that is the posture that guarantees the continuous flow of God’s grace. Lay aside all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word which is able to save your soul.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I embrace a life of humility. My heart is not lifted up within me; it is lowly. My path is not hard and difficult; it is grace-filled. Amen.
Further Meditation: Ephesians 5:21; James 1:21.