God reminded me of James 4:6, where it says, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
This is a promise to me. The humble are the ones who receive grace. I, then, not only want to be humble, but I need to be humble because of my need for grace.
Four verses down, it tells me that I can humble myself. It’s in my own capability to humble myself. The promise behind it? James 4:10 tells me when it says, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.”
I was wondering about the “how to” humble myself when I realized there was probably direction in between the middle of those verses.
Verses 7 -9 describe multiple things I can do o humble myself.
7: submit to God, resist the devil
8: draw near to God, cleanse my hands, purify my heart
9: be miserable and mourn and weep and sorrow
These things don’t necessarily seem like a joy party to me, but when I want the fullness of the Lord, it’s all inclusive – bad, good, and hard times.
I long to glory with Jesus and I am willing to sorrow with Jesus, too. I want to be exalted by God, therefore I must humble myself.
I am so aware I need the grace of God. Repeatedly, the Lord tells me how to receive grace. It’s to remain humble.
He mocks those who mock, but gives grace to the humble. Proverbs 3:34
Lord, give me grace to remain humble, in order that I can position myself according to Your promise to receive more of Your grace. Amen!