Yesterday I tweeted about how at times, it feels like God Himself is opposing me. That thought has its basis in James 4:6, which says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” I, for one, have been guilty of placing too much focus on the second part, receiving grace, when what I needed to do was face my pride. When we are prideful, resistance doesn’t need to take the form of spiritual attack or a figurative mountain that needs to be removed – God Himself promises to oppose us.
I’ve recognized lately that my pride acts to defend me, my boundaries, my stuff, my time, my comfort, my way of thinking, my stature, my ego, etc. Humility, on the other hand, would open me up to having my boundaries violated, my time wasted, my ego shattered, and my intellect insulted. With James 4:6 as my guide, though, Pride vs. Humility comes down to a matter of trust: His way vs. my way, His grace vs. my strength, God vs. me. Putting it in that light makes it seem ridiculous that I would ever choose my way, but it happens all too often.
Trusting in God is one of the greatest ways we can worship Him. When we acknowledge that His ways are higher than our ways, we’re saying, in effect, “We truly believe You are God and we are not.” That kind of humility positions us perfectly to receive His grace.