Wow! It is already Day 25. Congratulations to those of you who have been here since the beginning and welcome if you are just joining us. This is the last post for this week so if you are a little behind, you can catch up over the weekend. Make sure you do Day 23!
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
The last part of this verse is found in two other places in Scripture.
He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:5
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Anything repeated in Scripture should really capture our attention. We will break this verse down and look at the meanings of some of the key words in the Greek. The Greek word for proud is “hyperephanos” and it means “arrogant, proud” and is “often associated with rejecting God”. This word for proud is more than simply thinking highly of yourself because it takes it a step further and also means you are rejecting the Lord. Doesn’t that add additional meaning to this word? When was the last time your attitude could have been described as proud? Did you realize when you act proud you are rejecting the Lord?
The Greek word for “humble” is “tapeinos” and it is different from the previous word for humble earlier in James. This word means “lowly, particularly of attitude and social position” and is tied to the “idea of piety towards God”. Being humble means recognizing who we are in Christ and acknowledging the amazing gift of His unmerited grace. Humility is closely tied the Lord and is only possible when we submit to the will of the Lord versus our own will and desires.
This theme of humbly submitting ourselves ourselves to the Lord will be further discussed in the next several verses in this chapter that we will look at next week. As we approach the weekend reflect on your attitude. What areas in your life do you need to be more humble and less proud? In what areas do you feel the need to be right or make your point? In what areas do you want to do what you want to do, when you want it because you want to do it without seeking the Lord? I pray the Lord reveals areas of your life or relationships where you need to humble yourself.