But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
James 4:6

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.