God Opposes the Proud

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  (James 4:6)

One of the most overlooked verses in the Bible is Numbers 12:3. It’s a phrase placed in a parenthesis.  (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)

When you have time, read the context of this verse.  God is defending Moses and describing their relationship.  With Moses, the Lord spoke face to face, a relationship like none other.  Yet Moses was characterized by humility.  How did Moses become humble?  More importantly, how did he stay humble amidst all the awesome experiences of his life?  There was a time in Moses’ life when he was proud and arrogant.  Remember when he killed the Egyptian?  In essence, he was taking matters into his own hands.  It was as though, he said, “These people, my people, need to be rescued and I’m the Man of the Hour.  I was born for this.”  God said, “I agree, but I need to help you understand a few things first.  Come hang out with me for 40 years.”

The day came (the burning bush) when God determined Moses was now ready to be His man, and God, not Moses, rescued the people.  What happened in those 40 years?  Moses was broken.  He yielded his desires, dreams, and hopes to God.  He must have felt like a player on the sidelines, wanting to be in the game but the coach was holding him out.  Arrogance, pride, and self-sufficiency were being extracted from Moses day by day, like air seeping out of a balloon.  Finally, the day came when Moses was completely out of selfish hot air.  God appeared and said, “Let’s go get My people.”  Moses was so unimpressed with himself, so undone, God had to convince him to go.  That’s a good place to be.   How do we get there?

Humility comes from being in the presence of God, where we see ourselves in light of who God is, where we allow the power of God’s Word to invade our arrogance and self-sufficiency.

If you need motivation, just remember, “God opposes the proud.”  He fights against people who think they are better than others, who are self-sufficient, know-it-alls, who have to control people and circumstances.  I don’t know about you, but it’s horrifying to think that God could be fighting against me.

So, what should we do?

God gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  (James 4:6-8,10)

Can it be plainer?

  1. Submit – place yourself under God’s authority and love
  2. Resist – stand against the devil and he WILL flee
  3. Draw near –  come near to God and He WILL draw near to you

Are you making time to be alone in the presence of God?  If not, what MUST change in order for you to make this the highest priority of your day? Nothing is more important.

Jeff Wilson

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