CONDITIONS FOR A GREATER GRACE
But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
God is not just opposed to the idea of pride, but more specifically, to the proud person. Pride is more than a blatant arrogance; the kind we associate with a person who is prideful; he loves attention, and is usually addicted to approval and respect. Pride can be disguised in low self-esteem as well. How? I place my low opinion of myself above God’s opinion of me – in Christ. He says I am cherished and miraculously created. I say I am despised and nothing but a loser. When I declare His truth null and void and cling to my own worthlessness, is this not pride as well?
For the child of God though, we live on a hunt for pride and rebellion and embrace a life of confession. Each of us knows that God’s delight in us is a gift, not something that we have earned. For the humble, God promises an even greater grace. What is that? It is the accumulation of gracious favors more numerous than what could be asked for. This reality makes the humble person even more humble.
What of the proud unbeliever? In a matter of time, he who denies the Gospel will be forced to do what they thought themselves too good to do ~ bow down and worship King Jesus. God sets Himself against this kind of person, has harsh words for him, and releases him to live in the imaginations of his own heart. He does not understand that God is going to ultimately frustrate all of his scheming even though Satan makes sure that a preoccupation with self has rich payoffs initially.
To be humble is to say, “I am nothing with Christ but I am everything IN Christ. I owe it all to His grace.”
As my day begins, Jesus, I am overwhelmed at Your kindness. It is new every morning and when You express it, I live with a lump in my throat. Thank you. Amen