Reflection: No one knows God without humility. It is only those who have a right understanding of themselves before a holy God who truly know him. Pride does the opposite. Pride sets up a person’s own opinion, own glory, against God. It is little wonder Scripture says that God opposes the proud (James 4:6). It’s a strong word. God is not indifferent or vaguely dismissive of the proud; he opposes them. But those who seek him with humility, who are aware of their mortality and have a true perspective of themselves before a holy God (Psalm 39:4-7), they are the ones who find him.
Humility is the bridge one must cross in order to find God and experience his favour. God says to his people in the Old Testament: ‘If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land’ (2 Chronicles 7:14).
It begins with humility.
Prayer: Dear Father, I dare not cling to anything in the belief it buys me the right to your favour. It is by your grace alone that I stand before you. And that grace gives me the greatest confidence a person can have. Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name. Amen.