But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Many Scripture passages address pride. God must find it needful that we be reminded how He feels about it. Let’s just say He doesn’t like it. That’s mild; God actually HATES a proud look, so says Proverbs 6:17. God’s response to the proud is to oppose them. I don’t want God opposing me. As a sports fan, I thrive on competition. As a political enthusiast, I think competitive primaries are the best. I understand opposition. And I never want to be God’s opponent, trying to muster enough strength – and foolishness – to withstand the Almighty.
But haven’t we been taught to have pride in ourselves and our country? To be confident? God’s talking about opposing a different sort of pride, as the Merriam-Webster dictionary describes it: “A feeling that you are more important or better than other people.” He’s got a problem with it because it puts us on the throne of our own lives; it’s a form of idolatry where we worship ourselves.
Humility, on the other hand, acknowledges that we owe God everything.
Too often, today’s pop culture seems to say: “Be your own God!” Wrong! There is only one God, and He will not be denied.
Sweet Freedom in Action
Today, reflect on God’s many gifts to you – including the gift of your life – and pray to Him in gratitude and humility.