OUR POSTURE WILL DETERMINE OUR POSITION.
James 4:6 says that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
In short, I want grace not opposition from God.
How do we see this humility in the day to day?
1. HUMILITY BEFORE GOD.
When we achieve a certain measure of growth and success, we begin to trust in our experience, achievements and sheer talent.
Experience. “We’ve been doing this for many years. I know what I am doing.”
Achievements. “We’ve had momentum for some time now. I don’t think it will ever change.”
Talent. “We got here doing this my way. I think we’re on the right track.”
Daniel 4 tells us the story of King Nebuchadnezzar. His arrogance got him in trouble. He said, “Is this not the great Babylon I have built by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?” As a result, God took away his authority and made him live like an animal.
We may not articulate it, but possibly act it.
2. HUMILITY BEFORE MEN.
I’d wager that many a conflict is solvable with humility.
There are a lot of disagreements and arguments that continue and graduate to bigger conflicts because of lack of humility.
We are where we are today primarily because of what God has done.
Our posture will determine our practice.
Remember, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”