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Humble Never Ends

Yesterday morning, I woke up and prayed in preparation for the worship time I would lead. I felt that familiar gentle nudging so I went to read James 4.

You may think that the situation is hopeless, but God gives us more grace when we turn away from our own interests. That’s why Scripture says,

God opposes the proud,
    but He pours out grace on the humble.

So submit yourselves to the one true God and fight against the devil and his schemes. If you do, he will run away in failure. –James 4:6-7 (VOICE)

As God is prone to do, He allowed me to read these familiar verses with fresh eyes and saw something I hadn’t before. I think it’s fair to say we often think of “humbling ourselves” in terms of our having embraced pride in some area and recognizing our need to get rid of it.

What I saw this time though is that pride is ultimately limited, but humility is limitless. Why? Because for all eternity we will see new facets of God’s majesty, love, salvation, and grace and every time we’ll find ourselves humbled.

But this is the amazing part–we are humbled by the greatness of who He is and then He gives more grace! What a beautiful transaction! You set your heart to seek Him, know Him, worship Him. You find yourself humbled by His infinitude and grandeur. He pours out grace.

Pride may be a trap for us here in a fallen world, but the way to circumvent it is to look into His face. Worship. Experience Him. Surround yourself with His word and presence.

That’s when you truly turn from your own self-interests and He’s able to lavish grace on you. Like Job at the end of his trials, you will never be able to see God in the same way. He said, “my ears had heard of You, but now my eyes have seen” (Job 42:5).

Humility is the path to greater grace and deeper experience. As you receive grace and experience Him, you plunge deeper into humility.

It’s time to humble ourselves because He longs to give greater grace for our situations that seem hopeless. Through the power of His Spirit and word, it’s all available to us.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you ever considered grace and humility like this? In what ways do you humble yourself?

2 Comments

  1. I hadn’t linked the concepts of humility and grace, Jason, and I thank you so much for your insight and inspiration.
    Blessings!

  2. Over the last few years I’ve really come to see humility in a different light. That trait alone is the most beautiful trait a human can possess. And I’m convinced that without at least a sliver of it, we can’t come to know the One that made us.

    Great thoughts for a new year and every year we’re granted.

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