James 4:6 makes a shocking statement.
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
Being opposed by God is a desperate situation; it makes a strong statement about how he feels about pride. After reading this verse, I started thinking about pride.
Let me propose a definition.
I am being proud when I desire and believe that I deserve to be worshiped or praised.
Pride shapes both my response to and my treatment of others. If I desire praise, then I manipulate those around me to obtain it. If I believe that I deserve worship, then I become angry and defensive when I do not receive it.
It stands to reason that God opposes the proud. Only God deserves our worship and praise. I cannot worship God when I am seeking to be worshiped myself. When I live in this fundamental truth and avoid pride, then I am practicing humility.
Here’s the good news. The contrast to God’s opposition is God’s favor. This is truly a blessed position. You can trust God at his word – try humility and see how he responds!