“Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.”
“Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.”
1 Peter 5:5 shows us that through humility, we can connect to the grace of God. Now if humility connects to the grace of God, then pride disconnects from grace. Psalms 138:6 says “Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.” What is pride? It is an attitude that says “I don’t need anything; I don’t need anyone; I don’t need any counsel from anyone; I am self-sufficient: I can do all things all by myself.” It says “I don’t want to know any more than I already know.” Pride says “Who is speaking? Can he be a blessing to me?” ”What does he know that I don’t know?” It says “I can’t stoop low to serve anyone.”
Beloved, you can only do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Pride never seeks help from anyone; it always look to itself and itself alone. Pride cannot sustain itself, but is puffed up in and by itself that it can. Pride is deceptive and deceitful. On the contrary, the humble person is a hungry person; this is why more grace will be given to him. Humility says “I want to learn some more.” Beloved, if you think you don’t need to know anymore, then the best you can know is what you already know, and before long, you will discover that even what you know is beginning to slip from you. Humility attracts grace.
Our opening Scripture tells us that the younger should submit to the elder, and that everyone should submit to one another, and be clothed with humility. Why? God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. God only gives grace to the humble, but disgrace will come to the proud. If you humble yourself before God, He will lift you up; but if you exalt yourself in pride, He will demote you. May the Lord never demote you in Jesus’ Name! Therefore walk in humility all the days of your life. Seek God with the whole of your heart. Humble yourself under His mighty hand, and in due season He will lift you up. Grace will abound unto the humble from the Lord, but the proud will slump suddenly in a fall. God gives grace to the humble. Nobody wants God to resist him, right? Who can ever succeed in life with God resisting him? None, no not one! Therefore stay humble and keep rising by grace!
My Solid Front (Confession): I declare in the Name of Jesus, that I am meek and lowly in heart; I give no room to pride in my life; therefore my path is that of more and more grace forever. Amen.
Further Meditation: Luke 1:51-53; James 4:6.