“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6
In a world where people are constantly flaunting their looks, possessions, and position on social media, it can be hard to have the urge to stay humble. Life seems like a game of “who has what” and “whose is better.” No one ever wins or feels fulfilled in this situation.
James 4:6-10 can give us some insight on why we need to be humble. This passage from James was written during a serious time. Christians were living lives that were out of control – committing murder and adultry and living according to greed and jealousy and lust. They were truly living “worldly” lives. James tells them “You sinners, cleanse your hands. You double-minded purify your hearts. Be miserable and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to grieving, and your joy to gloom.” (James 4:8-9)
Ouch! We may not be living the lives that the Christians were living back then, but even the best of us stumble sometimes. If we want to be close to the Lord, we have to prevent sin from entering our lives and grow strong spiritually. Luckily, James gave the sinners of the past three things to do to turn their lives around and mend their relationship with God.
- Resist Satan: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Did you know that you have complete power to resist the devil? It’s true. God’s grace has given you this power if you are humble enough to accept it. The devil wont give up easily, but he cant win if you keep resisting him with the power and grace God has given you.
- Come near to the Lord: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8
Isn’t it amazing that we are allowed to get close to God? We have been granted access to being friends with the creator of the universe. We can be near him all the time – as long as we come to him humbly.
- Humble ourselves: “Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10
This might be the best part. God will exalt those who come humbly to him. Some translations of the verse say that God will “lift you up.” When we come to him humbly, seeking nothing but his grace, we will be blessed.
Be humble. Be an example of humility to those around you. Your actions will speak loudly about the person you are and the Lord you serve.